A couple of different places today – let’s read Daniel 6, Daniel 9, 2 Chronicles 36:22-23, Ezra 1, and 1 Chronicles 3:17-19. Are you reading your own favorite Bible, the YouVersion, or a Chronological One Year Bible? To be honest, I switch around – but look at us! Making it all the way to 251! Here we go:
Daniel in the lions den…. oh the trust! I thought it was important to note: Darius trusted God at first because Daniel trusted God at all times.
“King Darius published this proclamation to every race, color, and creed on earth:
‘Peace to you! Abundant peace!
I decree that Daniel’s God shall be worshiped and feared in all parts of my kingdom.
He is the living God, world without end. His kingdom never falls.
His rule continues eternally.
He is a savior and rescuer.
He performs astonishing miracles in heaven and on earth.
He saved Daniel from the power of the lions’ ” (Daniel 6:26-27 MSG)
Our example of faith might lead someone to faith. Darius’ decree reflected what he witnessed in Daniel.
“I turned to the Master God, asking for an answer—praying earnestly, fasting from meals, wearing rough penitential burlap, and kneeling in the ashes. I poured out my heart, baring my soul to God, my God” (Daniel 9:4 MSG)
“Turn your ears our way, God, and listen. Open your eyes and take a long look at our ruined city, this city named after you. We know that we don’t deserve a hearing from you. Our appeal is to your compassion. This prayer is our last and only hope” (Daniel 9:18 MSG)
We do not ask because we are anything, we ask because God is everything. Fasting is also such a powerful and important discipline, not to be overlooked in our Christian walk.
Finally the end of the captivity in Ezra 1! Back in Isaiah 45, it was prophesied that Cyrus would end the captivity and here it comes to pass. God is always true!