There is a verse of Scripture in Daniel 11:32 that has always been a catchphrase for people of faith! Daniel 11:32b says, “… the people that do know their God shall be strong; and do exploits!” That really sounds like a catchphrase of a superhero, “I shall be strong, and do exploits!” But just what does this particular portion of Scripture mean? In order to understand it, as usual, you need to read the Scripture in context.
The entire verse says: “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries, but the people that do know their God shall be strong; and do exploits.” Notice that the first part of the verse speaks of those who do wickedly against the Covenant. Obviously, these are NOT people that are following after God and seeking His Will! Based on the context of the verse, you would infer that these are people that do NOT know God. By comparison the people that DO know their God… Well, let’s think about that… knowing God is more than just being a born-again Christian; it is understanding God’s worldview; His perspective. How does God think? What are His opinions? In fact, knowing God, it’s not that He has opinions at all. What you would call an opinion, is simply truth. If it is God’s perspective, it can only be true. That’s just the way it is. God is right! Anyone holding an opinion, or thinking anything different than God thinks, is simply wrong! After all, He’s God! He knows what is right and what is wrong. That’s not a great revelation! It is just simple truth!
However, as human beings, if we can study the Word of God, which is God’s will, then we can understand God’s perspective, and His thinking. The Scripture says in Isaiah 55:8 that God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and His ways are higher than our ways. However, He’s given us His Word in order for us to think His thoughts and understand His ways, and as the Scripture says in Isaiah 1:18, “… come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord!” God wants us to reason with Him, but only on His terms! His terms being, that He is right! Understanding that, we can take His Word, meditate on it, and by doing so, reason according to God’s perspective. If we do this, we can know God better than we might already know Him! As I say, if we are born again, that is; if we have received Jesus Christ as our Lord; confessed Him as Lord, and believe in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead, according to Romans 10:9, and 10, then we ARE saved! A lot of people say that this is “knowing God.” And I can see that to a certain extent. But until you get into the Word of God and meditate on it and begin to understand how God thinks, and what motivates Him, then you can’t really say that you “know God.” However, once you do, then things become clear as you see what’s going on in the world, or view the news on television, or hear it on the radio. You begin to see the world from God’s perspective!
So, the people that DO know their God shall be strong and do exploits. What does the Amplified Version say in this particular verse of Scripture? “And such as a violate the covenant he shall pervert and seduce with flatteries, but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God.]” I really like the way the latter part of this rendering of the Scripture reads! The people that know their God shall prove themselves strong and they shall stand firm and do exploits for God! Notice that the phrase “for God” in the Amplified, is in brackets. This means that the phrase is not actually part of the original text, but it was added to improve understanding of the Scripture, based on the opinion of the translators, at least. In fact, even in the King James Version, the latter phrase of this verse; the word “exploits,” is in italics, which means that it’s not part of the original text. Reading it this way, it would say, “the people that know their God shall be strong and do.” Considering it in this context; I like this version even better!
It’s not that I’m going to just go out and do an “exploit” as the hero in a story would, it’s simply that I’m going to go out and DO! I’m going to DO the Word of God, I’m going to live the Word of God! However, the fact that I know God, and that I’m strong in Him and in His Word, means that I will DO. Or, that I will act on His Word! Doing God’s Word is heroic in, and of, itself!
We are to be doers of the Word and not hearers only! (James 1:22) It’s one thing to hear the Word, it’s one thing to understand the Word, it’s another thing to actually step out and DO the Word!
So, let’s commit to several things. Let’s commit to study and meditate on the Word of God to know Him better! Then, let’s allow our knowledge of God and of His Word to motivate us to step out and act on His Word! To do His Word! By doing that, we can truly say that we are “doing exploits!”
Dr. Bill Bailey was ordained in 1977 as a minister of the Gospel, and earned his Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. in Theology from Life Christian University. He was a Charter Member of the International Convention of Faith Ministers, formed in 1979, and is an active member today!