Pauper or Prince

Daniel 9:1 In the first year of Darius, the son of Ahasuerus, a Mede by birth, who was ruler over the kingdom of the Chaldeans

In the book Daniel we meet a number of powerful men. People like Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, Darius and Alexander the Great. We see God working His sovereign plan through the lives of these men.

But we should never think that God sees them simply as pawns on His chess board, They were men that God cared about and each one of them was given a chance to acknowledge and submit their life to the one true living God. God did not see them as tools but as men in need of a Savior.

Nebuchadnezzar encounters God, late in his life, and it seems from scripture that he turned his heart to God. Darius saw God’s power when He delivered Daniel from the lion’s den and very likely turned his life to the Lord as well. Based on secular history it seems that both Cyrus and Alexander had their own personal encounters with God.

Throughout the bible we see God revealing Himself to ‘monarchs’ and ‘madams’. God is no respecter of persons. He cares not if a person is a pauper or a prince. He calls each person, no matter their status, to acknowledge Him as God and submit their life to Him.


David Ball