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James 1: 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (NIV)
I was reading the 1st chapter of the book of Daniel this morning and was rather fascinated by the manner in which it becomes so easy to read “outside of the context” based on our familiarity with passage. We assume much and understand little of the atmosphere, the political situation and the impulses of the characters involved. God has included much in scripture that we overlook in our haste to draw conclusions that support our feelings about things. James’ warnings here are quite apropos to our circumstances. We should be very careful about presuming to understand and a little slower to make judgements concerning the lives of others.
The father in the picture above is trying to help his young son to put into perspective all that is happening around him. Consider Daniel, guided by the Spirit of the Father in much the same way. He managed to live a holy and impactful life in the midst of a pagan culture, and not only that, but God also used that holiness to change the course of history.