December 9, Reading 2 – Daniel 6

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SAA Notes

This is more than just a good story. God is revealed to Darius in such a way that he fears and reveres Him. What special knowledge about God can you glean?

SJA Notes

* Father God, please show us Your truth today.

“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.”

See the mark of faithfully walking before the Lord!

Daniel lived in a society that could turn on a dime in terms of safety and security, a law manufactured to appeal to the pride of the king but with revealed murderous intent – A law like this could be passed and upheld.

What did Daniel do when he heard about this new law, so obviously put into place to entrap him?

Did he go into hiding?

Did he try and find a way to appear like a chameleon, tricking his enemies?

Did he go before the king and plead his case?

No.

Daniel behaved in the same way he had previously, faithful and true.

This is a word for us today.

God will provide. His sovereign will prevails. Our King is reigning above all powers and principalities, whether on earth on in heaven – God reigns them all.

What have we to do then but to follow the example of Daniel, and continue to walk in our daily spiritual disciplines of prayer and the word, even while the society around us might be raising its laws against God’s people.

We can be encouraged today in what we are about here – Prayer with our God and writing His Word upon our hearts.

* Faithful God,

Thank You that You prevail over any machination raised. There is no power or plan that can trump You.

Thank You that we can rest in Your steadfast love and faithfulness without end.

Please mark us as a faithful people Lord God, of prayer and Your word.

Amen.


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