Suggested Reading: Daniel 5-6
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Key Verse: Daniel 6:10
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his CUSTOM since early days.
To what are we accustomed, and do we maintain a consistent “CUSTOM” as Daniel did? A “CUSTOM” is an unwritten rule or routine, something one does habitually. Something one does over and over as an act of willpower becomes a habit in about two weeks. Let’s follow Daniel’s example!!!
Daniel 5 moves us to the next generation past Nebuchadnezzar. Belshazzar has set Daniel aside, but the Queen Mother remembers Daniel. He’s available when needed to represent the true and only God. The saying, “Like father like son” is true here. In 5:22 Daniel says to Belshazzar, who was using the sacred vessels of the Jerusalem Temple to worship the idols, “But you, his [Nebuchadnezzar’s] son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, although you knew all this.” There’s a lesson here for us all. Every generation must learn truth for themselves. Like the Queen Mother, we must reach into our memories and tell the stories that pass on the truth! Belshazzar is killed. Darius overthrows the Babylonian Empire, and the Empire of the Medes and Persians begins.
Daniel 6 shows Daniel once again placed by the new ruler into a key position of leadership. All the emperors have received a revelation of the true God. Darius learned through the miracle of Daniel’s safety from the lions. Cyrus, the Persian king, who may have been the son of Queen Esther, the Jewess, steps into place when Daniel is an old man in his eighties. Imagine a man serving during the reigns of four kings with integrity, consistency, and most of all, godliness…an example of what a person can be!!!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I’m challenged by Daniel’s life! I pray for grace to be consistent in my prayer life and faithful to read and learn from Your Holy Word! I ask this in the Name of the One Who is the greatest example of consistency, Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’m singing two lines over and over under my breath (people are sleeping nearby) from the chorus I learned as a boy in Sunday School, “Dare to be a Daniel. Dare to stand alone.” I forget the next line. Can anyone help me?
Daniel must have served in a leadership role until he was close to 90. I’ve got so much energy these days that I’m looking for new opportunities for the Lord to use me in ministry. Is that crazy at almost 78! People keep telling me that I look so well now. I tell anyone who will listen that I believe God has healed me. It was two years last weekend since I was given a two-year life expectancy. Earlier this morning I went back into a blog from last August and found a picture of myself (below). I’ve just had a look in the mirror for comparison. I even think I look healed. I’ve just taken an early-morning picture in the mirror with my iPhone. I’ll put it up on the blog without telling Norma-Jean. She’ll want me to put on a shirt and tie for the occasion! I’m still in my house coat (see photo below). What do you think?
Daniel must have been almost 90 when, as the last verse of today’s reading says, “He prospered.” Well, if Cyrus was the son of Esther, the Jewess, then he had a soft spot in his heart for this Jewish man named Daniel. I’m speculating here, but then the Scripture does say, “Your old men dream dreams!”
Yours for living all our days to the full and for serving the Lord through serving others,