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Sept 6 Devotion: Stand Like Daniel

Stand Like Daniel

Daniel 6:4-9

[4] Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. [5] Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. [6] Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. [7] All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. [8] Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. [9] Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

Jealousy! We see the jealous administrators seeking to find something wrong in Daniel. After finding no fault in him they turn their attention to his religion. They then played on King Darius’ pride in getting him to sign into law that one could not worship or ask anything, of anyone, except for the king. They knew Daniel was devoted to God in his prayer life, and this is where they could get him into trouble. We know that Daniel then went to pray just like all other days. We know how that then turned out for Daniel, as well as all the others.

Could you be looked at the same way Daniel was by those around you? If people around you wanted to find fault in you, and was not able to find anything, would they be able to turn to your devotion to God in anything? Are we devoted to God so much in anything that those around us know we wouldn’t miss that time for anything? Whether it be time in prayer, study, or even attending services. Too many today would fold long before a threat of being thrown into a den of lions. We are never faced with the type of adversity people like Daniel were faced with. We have the entire Word of God today that shows us how these people had others who sought to destroy their lives, yet stood firm on their belief in God. We, on the other hand, are so worried about what someone else may think about us, that we won’t make a stand. All you have to do is look at all the things that go on today that keep people from the House Of God. These things all go on because we aren’t willing to make a stand against them. It doesn’t take a fear of lions, but instead it just takes a fear of others. Whether it be not wanting to offend someone, or afraid of what they may think of us. When faced with adversity today we will give in to the world rather than stand firm in our devotion to God.

Could you stand like Daniel today, or do you succumb to the world instead?

God bless you today!

Bro. Josh Richardson

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