Daniel 6:16-28 – January 14-15
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 6:16-28 – Daniel in the Den of Lions
16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”
17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.
19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”
21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”
23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
25 Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth:
“May you prosper greatly!
26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.
“For he is the living God
and he endures forever;
his kingdom will not be destroyed,
his dominion will never end.
27 He rescues and he saves;
he performs signs and wonders
in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel
from the power of the lions.”
28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Be Bold | Jess Howell
Now in his 80s, Daniel knew the lay of the land, and Babylon knew him. Twice in today’s reading we see the words “whom you serve continuously” (verses 16 & 20). Unbelievers could see his faith and Whom he served. The king could see his faith and Whom he served. Daniel was consistent in his beliefs, and those around him could see it… continuously.
Can those closest to me see my faith? Can the people in my circles see my faith? The people in my family that really NEED JESUS, can they see my faith? I think I sometimes make things harder on myself than they need to be, especially when it comes to sharing anything about my faith. It should be simple. God’s changed me; don’t they see that? I’m scared of what they think or maybe they won’t believe me because they knew the “old” Jess. I want to get to a place where my faith is something seen continuously.
God, I don’t want to hold on to the secret of how great You are. I want to live it and show it. And I want those around me to see it and want to know what has changed me. Help me, God. Help me to be bold for You. Amen.
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