October 7, 2017
Read: Daniel 6
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Scripture- Daniel 6:26-27- “I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end. He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”
Observations- King Darius, having put himself in terrible predicament by signing a law that all people in his kingdom should worship only him for 30 days, was relieved that Daniel's God had saved him from the lions den. While not making an admission of how ridiculous the law was in the first place, the king does declare the glory of the "living God" whose "kingdom will endure forever."
Application- Whether God saves us or not from the lion's dens of life, we are called to affirm time and time again that we have a Lord whose rule will never end. We keep our eyes open and hearts available to receive the signs and wonders God has in store for us, but we won't bend the knee to any other potential god in our lives.
Prayer- (from the Book of Common Prayer) Lord, give your people grace to hear and keep your word that, after the example of your servant William Tyndale (who was killed for his faith and commitment to translate God's Word into English- for more on him go to: http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1501-1600/translator-william-tyndale-strangled-and-burned-11629961.html), we may not only profess your gospel but also be ready to suffer and die for it, to the honor of your name. Amen.
"We proudly tell God’s other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering. And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering." (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5),