Saturday, September 13, 2014

Daniel 4-6

Daniel keeps showing us what it looks like to live faithfully with God at work in our lives (Daniel 4-6).  It's definitely not easy, but it is truly full of blessings beyond anything we could ever produce through our own efforts.  

Even though Daniel cannot tangibly see God working or predict how He will work in all the circumstances he faces, I sense that Daniel has an absolute certainty about God being with Him.  Do you?

I love reading the story about how Daniel faces the lion's den.  Clearly, this is one of those situations where the odds don't look good.  But, nothing is going to keep Daniel from praying to the God who gives him life.

"And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted God."

God is able to use Daniel to inspire others with his faith.  Trust is important.  Prayer is important.  And people can see that God is REAL through Daniel's trustful and prayerful choices.

Just look at the decree issued by the foreign king in today's reading after Daniel survives the whole lion ordeal.  It's a huge realization...

"For he is the living God
  and he endures forever;
  his kingdom will not be destroyed,
  his dominion will never end.
He rescues and he saves;
  he performs signs and wonders
  in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel 
  from the power of the lions."

Faith is contagious, even life-changing.  

And Daniel reminds me how transforming it is to serve God in my work, no matter what I do, no matter where I do it.  

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank You for all Your faithful servants, especially David, who show us what it looks like to devote our lives to You.  

Help me to be bold and steadfast in my devotion to You.  Help me to inspire others in my faith.  

And as I face life's challenges and celebrations, I give you thanks for all the ways You are with me working wonders.

I pray for ________________ who needs to feel Your presence at work in this life.  Wrap ______________ in your arms and fill ________________ with the certainty of Your everlasting love.

In Jesus' name I pray,

Love and peace of Christ,

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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