At this time of year, many people are leaving home to attend college. For some, it's the first time away from home. And what an exciting time it is! New friends, studies, freedoms, and lots of decisions, too. It's a great time for new ideas, but in may also be a time for many challenges. Questions such as "What classes should I take?" "Where should I live?" and "How can I make new friends?" will probably arise at one time or another. In answering these questions and getting settled, it may seem difficult to find a balance in our activities. But it is possible to find the answers and to keep a needed perspective in college life by obeying God and trusting in His guidance.

Listening to and trusting God is the best way to go. Daniel in the Bible must have known that. As a young man, he was groomed to be one of the king's consultants.

One night, the king had a dream that troubled him a lot (see chapter 2 of the book of Daniel). Daniel and the other wise men of Babylon would all be killed if none of them could interpret the king's dream. After Daniel learned of the king's demand, he turned to God, as he usually did, and God revealed the answer to him in a night vision. When Daniel told the king exactly what had happened in the dream and all that it meant, the king was satisfied, and the wise men were saved. Because Daniel was listening trustingly to God, he heard the answer from God.

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August 19, 1996

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