Daily D – Daniel 6:3
Daniel 6:3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
Good work well done gets rewarded. What reward do you deserve today?
Who you work for makes a difference in how you think about these questions. If you think you work for a business or provide public services of some sort, you may think you deserve rewards simply for showing up or for showing up for years and years.
A friend years ago jokingly said, “It’s my job to show up. It’s their job to see if they can get anything out of me.”
There are employees like this. They always seem surprised when they get fired or reassigned.
Daniel had the kind of work ethic that honors God and blesses others. Let’s practice our King James English and say, “Go thou and do likewise.”
Taking note of what Daniel 6:1-3 says about Daniel, let’s see what happened next. The Message paraphrases this for us with enjoyable clarity:
The vice-regents and governors got together to find some old scandal or skeleton in Daniel’s life that they could use against him, but they couldn’t dig up anything. He was totally exemplary and trustworthy. They could find no evidence of negligence or misconduct. So they finally gave up and said, “We’re never going to find anything against this Daniel unless we can scheme up something religious.”
Daniel 6:4-5 MSG
If you know the rest of the story, these guys manipulated circumstances and got Daniel tossed into the lions’ den. Talk about your bad days!
What put Daniel in such a terrifying place with all the terror that goes with it? He prayed to God when an order had been issued contrary to his spiritual disciplines. Read the chapter for the rest of the story even if you know it. Daniel got more rest in the lions’ den than the king did in his royal palace. His accusers also got to spend a few moments in the lions’ den. It was not a restful experience.
Daniel lived a life God could reward. And he did.
A woman was buckling her child into the car seat when a man tried to abduct the child. A Chick fil A employee saw what was happening and tackled the would-be kidnapper. I’m pretty sure he gets waffle fries for life after that.
What will you deserve at the end of this day, week, month, or year? A deacon in one of the churches I served said a good pastor, “Makes his own raise.” Of course, he quit giving and stirred up enough trouble that my raise came when I left for another church. You’ll have to read my forthcoming novel to hear the rest of this one.
I will live a life God can reward.
Our Father, I want to show up. I want to work hard, smart, and well. I want to honor you and bless others. I want to help others learn how to live the exemplary life of Daniel and his friends. I want to live a life as clean as Daniel so that lions go hungry when I stand in their presence. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.