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The empowering words of this chorus often reverberate in my mind: “Dare to be a Daniel dare to stand alone dare to have a purpose firm dare to make it known!” In a postmodern age of relativism moral mediocrity and low expectations Daniel inspires and challenges us to advance higher in our spiritual quest and advancement. The purposefulness in his heart to do the utmost for the cause of God encourages us to aim higher and spurs us on to excellence. Exiled Daniel lived in the scrutinizing public eye surrounded by power struggle and political intrigue yet without any hint of compromise or corruption. Even his envious enemies who thoroughly investigated his life “could find no charge or fault because he was faithful” (Dan. 6:4). The only charge they could accuse him of was his devotedness to God.
Numerous books have already been written about Daniel’s prophecies but this book focuses more on Daniel’s character as an empowering model for the final remnant. Prophecies however will be discussed as they relate to his exemplary life of being God’s beautiful showcase in the world. Daniel is certainly a true representative of Christ and an excellent model for the final remnant to emulate. Repeatedly we hear others testify of his “excellent spirit.”
By beholding Christ he became transformed into His image. He was a sparkling star shining to the end because he basked in the brilliant rays of the Sun of Righteousness. His unassailable integrity formidable courage staunch loyalty resolute faithfulness and his sterling character is what should characterize God’s final remnant. May our study of Dare to Be a Daniel in the context of God’s prophecies and promises inspire and transform us to become His faithful remnant as we await Christ’s soon coming May we be the true fulfillment of Daniel’s parting words: “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever” (Dan. 12:3).