Daniel 6:1-15 – January 13
Who’s really in charge of your 2017? To start us out in our right place this new year, we’re walking with Daniel this month, learning how God crafts every detail in His plan from creation of the world and history to the smallest details in our lives. He reigns over everything, and still He loves us through every moment of our lives. Join our study by following along with the reading plan then reflecting and journaling on each day’s reading to humble yourself before Him and listen. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading followed by a SOAP journal note from one of our study leaders. If you’re wondering what SOAP is…it’s a method of Bible study that focuses on applying scripture to our every days. Read more about it on our website.
Daniel 6:1-15 – Daniel in the Den of Lions
6 It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 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. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
6 So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.
10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”
The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”
13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.
15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.”
Taking It Personal | Dyea Rowland
There’s a new king in town! Daniel, up there in age by now, is still finding favor with these kings. The new king, King Darius, has chosen Daniel along with two others to be officials over 120 rulers. They were to all rule the kingdom, but instead they lost focus, and they (especially the officials) became jealous of Daniel. Knowing Daniel was the favored one, they all worked together and tricked the king into signing a proclamation. They were so jealous of Daniel that they sank to the lying level to sabotage him. So now it’s official, anyone worshipping anything or anyone other than the king will be fed to the lions. Daniel, aware of this new decree (I imagine the aversion the others had for him as well), didn’t let it faze him in any way – and he definitely didn’t take it personal.
I can’t help but love the picture that Becky chose to use for this study. The picture of Daniel standing there lifting his eyes to You, the world around him not having any bearing, nothing but You. I couldn’t help but notice that even one of the lions regards You too. Uncertain what I was going to write about, and choosing a title…it wasn’t until I saw this perfect picture that I knew both verse and title. It has been a week of anxiety (which I have to boast in You I haven’t had this manifest in quite some years) and what feels like sabotage coming from all directions. What You have been showing me is not to take it personal. Feeling silly now — I was so caught up in all the bad that was going on, all wrapped up in the “why”, that I lost my focus on You. So what if an officer lied, as did a girl who rear-ended me over a month ago (hmm, it seems to be a configuration in my life, that I am surrounded by liars). It’s their issue, not mine; more over I definitely CAN NOT take it personally. All I can do is trust in You – and I do. You gave me just the confirmation in Your Word (this verse) that I needed today. The confirmation that I am to keep going to my window sill, into Your chamber, into You; I am to keep doing what I am doing, and I am to leave the rest up to You. You gave me double confirmation in the picture. When I saw the lions (all seven of them), wanting so badly to tear Daniel apart, I sensed Your peace in him (even the lions). That peace, knowing that considering where he was and what he was up against, he had not one thing to worry about – and I know it too.
Father, thank You for this growing week; thank You for empowering me with Your Word and always the Holy Spirit. You have impeccable timing – I see Your hand in this situation; I do take it personal but only in the sense that You trust with this precious situation. Let me not get outside of You – Your protection and what You would have me do. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
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