The Book of Daniel Part 1 (Devotional)




Warm Up

Lord, please bless the reading of your Holy Scripture. Please help us to realize what made Daniel so different and what set him apart and help us to seek your presence in the same way that he did. In Jesus name Amen.

Daniel 6:16

16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”

Workout

Last time we talked about how a person who lives a peculiar life for God can be one the greatest tools for the Kingdom. You would be hard pressed to find a better example than Daniel. The Book of Daniel begins with Daniel and his friends being taken captive by the king of Babylon. He was among a group of Jews who were trained to be the king’s royal servants. With this title came many luxuries, but chapter 1 verse 8 says Daniel refused these items so as not to defile himself.

This act must have seemed very peculiar to those who were closest to Daniel. He was offered the best that this great earthly kingdom had to offer but he refused it for the sake of God’s Kingdom. As a result of Daniel’s faithfulness, God blessed him and by chapter 4, the pagan King of Babylon had no choice but to acknowledge the God of Daniel. (For further information on this, check out King Nebuchadnezzar’s personal testimony in the 4th chapter.)

In Chapter 6, a new king has been appointed to the throne in Babylon, King Darius. The new king observed an excellent spirit Daniel and made him his second in command. Because the king found favor in Daniel, others in the kingdom set out to get rid of him. They had been watching Daniel and they knew the only way to get him in trouble and removed from his position was to find some fault in him concerning his God. This is a huge statement that cannot be said of most people. For most of us, if someone follows us long enough they would find something to accuse us of, and it wouldn’t have to be concerning our God. Daniel was different, he lived a truly devout life. So, his accuser tricked the king into making a law that anyone who prayed to anyone but the king would be cast into the den of lions. Well, Daniel had a very regular prayer life so, it did not take long for him to get caught praying.

Once Daniel’s accuser caught him praying, they ran back to the King and told him what had happened. The king was upset because he loved Daniel, but the law was now official and he had to carry out Daniel’s sentence.

Daniel 6:16
16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”

Cool Down

Without ever being preached to or having read any scripture, the king made the above statement. This shows the power of our actions and the way others view our lifestyles. Lord, my prayer is that I might lead a life like Daniel’s, one that leads others to you.

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