Knowing and Doing

Tim Beals

READ : Daniel 1:3-4
Daniel 1:17

God gave knowledge and skill. (v. 17)

Daniel’s adventures led him through events requiring extraordinary faith, courage, patience – and study. His natural ability with languages and literature won Daniel high praise with three different kings, while his supernatural ability with dreams and visions earned him a reputation as the wisest, most able representative of God to his generation.

Daniel recognized as a young man that knowing what is right had to come before doing the right thing. So he worked diligently to understand the wisdom of his time and study the sacred Scriptures. And more, he contributed one of the most colorful and far-reaching books of the Old Testament, written in two different languages: half in Hebrew (1:1–2:4, 8-12) and half in Aramaic (2:5–7:28).

But all of this wouldn’t have meant much if he hadn’t walked the talk. Daniel lived out the truth of A.W. Tozer’s observation:

The sacred page is not meant to be the end, but only the means toward the end, which is knowing God himself.

God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds. He spoke a Book and lives in his spoken words, constantly speaking his words and causing the power of them to persist across the years. (The Pursuit of God).


Father, teach us through your Word to know you and to do what is right.