Google+ 06/03/14 Many Times, Wisdom is Knowing When Not to Talk!

Daniel 12:9-10


But he said,

“Go now, Daniel, for what I have said is kept secret and sealed until the time of the end.

Many will be purified, cleansed, and refined by these trials.

But the wicked will continue in their wickedness, and none of them will understand.

Only those who are wise will know what it means."


In part two of our six-part devotion entitled, "Cleansing or Consuming Fire?" God shares some important information with Daniel.  As we listen in, let's be diligent to be some of the wise, and not some of the wicked!  It is often difficult to realize that God refines, purifies, and cleanses us through the trials in our lives.  We get so caught up in the frustration that we forget the fiery furnace.  It was one of Daniel's greatest moments.  We know the fire was real because the furnace actually consumed some of the wicked.  Daniel never panicked.  Daniel never defended himself when he was attacked.   Daniel never blamed anyone else.  Daniel would not have stopped and posted a negative rebuke on Facebook from his Smart Phone!  Daniel was wise, unlike many of us.  The most important part of our Scripture today is what God reminds Daniel in one of his darkest hours.  The wicked will continue to be wicked and none of them will understand.  Really?  I thought God was a God of second chances.  Doesn't God love everyone?  God does love everyone and there are rules.  Those who continue to attack others, display anger, destroy others, and deny the truth will never enjoy the possibility of God's favor.  Remember, Daniel refused to eat the king's meat.  He refused to give in to the stereotypes of the other "wise men" in the king's court.  True wisdom comes from God and our obedience.  Those who display wickedness are always visible and God says they are never wise.  The interesting part about this fact is that all true Christians who watch this behavior know right away who is not wise.  Let's let God refine us with His fire in times of trouble.  "Many Times, Wisdom is Knowing When Not to Talk!"