Daily D – Daniel 1:20
In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and mediums in his entire kingdom.
DANIEL 1:20 (CSB)
Jesus said the Number One commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and will all your mind.” We sing songs about heart and soul. Mind doesn’t come up nearly as much.
Daniel 1:17 says, “God gave these four young men knowledge and understanding in every kind of literature and wisdom.”
The Bible Recap reading plan I am using this year begins each day with prayer guidance before taking up the assigned reading. The first instruction is to ask for God’s knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. If God stretched our minds day by day, what would be different? How would our lives improve at work and at home?
Loving God with all our minds empowers us to join God in building a better world. We see this again and again in this Bible book.
In Daniel 2:14, “Daniel responded with tact and discretion . . . .” In other words, Daniel did not sound like pugnacious Twitter and Facebook preachers. That sounds wise.
In Daniel 2:30 Daniel says, “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but in order that the interpretation might be made known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.” Daniel was well aware of where his insights came from and credited God with words that served the king and saved many lives.
What is your personal growth plan? What will you read? What podcasts will you listen to? Whose thoughts will you ponder after them?
Today we will feed our bodies. Today we will experience deep emotions. Today, let us expand our minds under God’s direction. Let us learn. Let us grow in knowledge, wisdom, insight, and understanding. Let us seek God’s truth. Let us love God with all our minds.
I will love God with all my mind.
Our Father, stretch my mind with knowledge, wisdom, insight, and understanding. Teach me. Provide me with wise guides. Use what you implant in my life to benefit others. Amen.
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Psalm 23:3, 4 He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. (CSB)
Daniel 5:11 “There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the days of your predecessor he was found to have insight, intelligence, and wisdom like that of the gods. Your predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, mediums, Chaldeans, and diviners. (CSB)