Reflection: Daniel is a Bible character who lives large in amazing stories: he survived a burning furnace, and faced down lions in their den overnight, emerging unscathed. A closer reading of the account of his life reveals an admirable life, lived in a foreign country, but still with dedicated love for the God of his people. Daniel had great wisdom and courage, even as a young man (Daniel 1:8). He walked the narrow line of living according to the customs and leadership of the land, yet still remained faithful to God’s ways, even when
it was dangerous. He trusted God to preserve him; and God did. The king even acknowledges God, ordering the whole nation to fear and revere the God of Daniel (Daniel 6:27). In addition to his faithfulness to God above all, Daniel was so exceptional in his merits, that his enemies could find no cause to accuse him before the king; he was neither corrupt or negligent, and had distinguished himself before the king.
Question: How does Daniel encourage you? Do you find it difficult living in the land you are in, and remaining faithful to God and his ways? Reflect on 1 Peter 2:11-15, and on what Daniel can teach us.
Prayer: Thank you, Father God, that you are always with us, even in seemingly
impossible situations. Please give us the wisdom and courage of Daniel, to live good and honourable lives, and to give honour to you in all things. Amen.
We are reading the Bible with Karen Mudge until 10th February.