Saturday, June 29, 2019

Daniel 6

Today's reading in our daily plan is Daniel 6. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Daniel is a Jew, who worships God, and was taken captive and made to live in Babylon and serve the King. He has has proven himself and is being promoted, which makes other officials jealous. They want to make an accusation against Daniel but can't because he lives with integrity.
  • The officials realize the only way to bring a charge against Daniel is to get the King to decree that people cannot pray to God. They do, and Daniel will not stop praying. In fact, he prays in front of an open window, not hiding his devotion to God even though it may cost him his life.
  • Daniel is thrown in the lion's den. The King respects Daniel and, though he doesn't believe in God, hopes God will rescue him.
  • God rescues Daniel. The plan backfires on the people who tried to trap Daniel. The King comes to faith in God and announces that everyone should 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Daniel did his job well and lived with integrity. This earned him respect and allowed him to represent God well.
  • Daniel excelled at work and it made him enemies. Sometimes people who have different values will oppose us when we do what's right. Those who are jealous of Daniel attack his faith. We are told that if we have faith in Jesus, we will be persecuted (see Matthew 10:22 and 2 Timothy 3:12). In fact, we might think of being persecuted as a problem, but not being persecuted is probably the real problem.
  • Daniel was so committed to praying he wouldn't stop even when he would probably be killed for it. Praying leads to intimacy with God and receiving His help - we can't let anything stop us from praying!
  • Daniel faced an impossible situation - thrown into a den of hungry lions - but God rescued him from it. God can rescue us. He tells us, "Do not be afraid - I will save you" (Isaiah 43:1), which is why we can say, with confidence, "The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:6).
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you represent God to the people you work with by doing your job with excellence and unquestionable character?
  • How is your prayer life? What obstacles can stop you from praying consistently? Pray about what keeps you from praying! Commit to praying, and ask God to help you.
  • What situation are you facing that feels impossible? Do you trust that God can save you? He can! Don't be afraid!