Scripture:
Daniel 1:8-16
Sat, 18 February 2023

Four-Dimensional Reading of Biblical Narrative

Observation:

What are the four dimensions in reading the story of Daniel in verses 8 to 16?

Deeper Reflection
God is writing a distinct story of each of our lives. How do we read that distinct story? Every biblical narrative is written to be read in four interrelated dimensions, as illustrated in this episode of Daniel’s story (vv.8-16). And we can read our distinct story in these four dimensions.The context of almost every biblical narrative is crisis. For Daniel, it is about eating “the king’s choice food” (vv.8, 13, 15, 16). Biblical discipleship is highly crisis-oriented. Maturing in Christ is the clear divine agenda. And character is formed through crises.The first dimension is the divine part: “God gave Daniel favor and compassion” (v.9). God is central in our distinct story. The fundamental life principle question must be: “Where is God in this?” The second dimension is the human part: “Daniel resolved not to defile himself ” (v.8, NIV). We are to ensure that we walk with God faithfully day by day.The third and fourth dimension are the big picture – verses 8 to 16 as a whole and the progressing journey – as the story unfolds progressively from verse 8 to verse 16. God in His sovereign wisdom leads us one step at a time, with us oftentimes not knowing what He is doing and where we are going. On Christmas Day in 1980, I had a very painful breakup in a relationship which involved a third party. But it was not until more than 30 years later that I saw the divine purpose for that heart-breaking crisis: God was beginning to set the stage for me to answer my call to full-time ministry.
Application:

How do I read the story that God is writing for my life?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for Church Board: To discern the divine workings in their lives
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self
 

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Daily Devo
Daily Devotional Journal
Scripture:
Daniel 7:13-18, 25-27; 11:29-36
Sat, 2 December 2023

The Triumph

Observation:

What characterises the triumph of God’s people in tribulations under tyrants?

Deeper Reflection
God’s people living under tyrants and suffering tribulations under them can triumph – whether we are delivered from or destroyed in tribulation. The triumph rests on a threefold confidence.We know the conclusion of evil. It is repeated in manifold ways in Daniel that evil that comes through inhuman kings – no matter how great and how long – will definitely come to an end: “he will be broken” (Dan 8:25), “he will be found no more” (Dan 11:19), “yet he will come to his end” (Dan 11:45) and “all these events will be completed” (Dan 12:7).We know God’s calling for us: To be a suffering people – to be captured, plundered, burned or killed (Dan 11:33). But in our suffering, we can be strong as “people who know their God” (Dan 11:32), knowing that God is purging and purifying us to become a sanctified (Dan 11:35; 12:10) and shining people who “shine brightly” with heavenly brightness in the hostile world (Dan 12:3). And we will be a steadfast people who “keep waiting and attain to the 1,335 days” (Dan 12:12) – until we become a sovereign people who “receive and possess the kingdom forever” from “the Ancient of Days” (vv.13-14, 18, 27).We know who is in control. The tribulations under the tyrants in Daniel 7 to 12 are all subject to and subsumed under “that which is decreed will be done” (Dan 11:36; 9:26, 27) “at the appointed time” (Dan 11:27, 29, 35).We conclude Daniel with this theological-discipleship summary statement: We can triumph in tribulations under tyrants when we trust with tenacity in the One who is on the throne.
Application:

How can I triumph in tribulations?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for Church Board: To grow in the faith and perseverance of overcomers in Christ
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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