Daily D – Daniel 6:3-4
Daniel 6:3, 4 Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire. Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. (NLT)
Who do you know who is faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy? It’s a short list, isn’t it? What adjustments are necessary to add your name to the list?
I’m sorry to add guilt to your morning routine.
Daniel set the bar pretty high. I am convicted every time I read this book. He was completely devoted to God, and God used him to demonstrate his majesty in a foreign land where powerful kings believed and behaved as if they were gods themselves.
Daniel makes me want to be a better man. He makes me want to walk with God ever more closely. He makes me wonder, “What would Daniel do?”
Re-read the first six chapters. Notice how often Daniel prayed. Notice how Daniel never took credit for what only God could do. Notice how he always deflected praise and redirected it to God and God alone. Notice how he trusted God no matter what.
Abraham, Moses, David, and Solomon each present remarkable qualities. God used each to accomplish his purposes. Each of them also demonstrated glaring weaknesses and failed in moments recorded forever for our instruction. But Daniel was “faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy.”
Knowing Daniel could live the life he lived through the turmoil of those days in a land completely foreign to everything he had known gives me confidence. His life boosts courage. His character strengthens resolve.
I will never be Daniel. But he makes me want to be the best Dave I can be.
I will lean into a life that is ever-more faithful, responsible, and trustworthy.
Our Father, I am not Daniel. However, I want to be more like him. I want to honor you and serve others with an ever-more faithful, responsible, and trustworthy life. Reshape me and refocus me as necessary to become all you hoped I would be. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”