Scripture:
Daniel 3:24-27
Fri, 31 March 2023

God’s Presence in the Furnace

Observation:

What can you learn about God in verses 24 to 25?

Deeper Reflection
After throwing Shadrach, Mishael and Abednego into the fire, Nebuchadnezzar was “astounded” by what he saw in the furnace (v.24). In our furnace of adversity, we can be “astounded” by surprising twists from God.A fourth person – a divine being – was “walking in the midst of the fire” with the three faithful youths and they were “unharmed” (v.25). It was a physical demonstration of God’s presence with them. It is as God promised: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you… When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched…” (Isa 43:2). God’s presence with us in our pains and pressures is a strengthening, sustaining, shielding and saving presence of the Shepherd.God’s physical presence in the furnace found its richest fulfilment in Jesus Christ – “Immanuel” (Matt 1:23). But ironically, when “God with us” was in His blazing furnace, He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt 27:46). On the cross, Jesus “felt the utter aloneness of total abandonment by God. When He passed through the waters, there was no one by His side. When the fire of God’s wrath burned Him to the core and blazed unchecked over Him, He was entirely alone. There was no companion to share His burden, no angel sent to relieve His agony, no saving hand of God stretched down to preserve His faithful servant in His moment of greatest need”41. Jesus must die in His blazing furnace – for it was the will of God, so that we can freely enter God’s Holy Presence with confidence by His blood (Heb 10:19-20).
41 Iain M. Duguid, 58
Application:

What does God’s presence with me in my trials mean to me?

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 SGI leaders: To know God’s presence with them in their trials
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self
 

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Daily Devo
Daily Devotional Journal
Scripture:
Daniel 6:1-10
Wed, 7 June 2023

Consistent Daily Devotion to God

Observation:

What does verse 10 tell us about Daniel?

Deeper Reflection
For Daniel’s distinguishing competency and character, and commitment to ensuring that the king suffered no loss in his empire, Darius “planned to appoint” him “over the entire kingdom” (v.3). But out of jealousy, Daniel’s fellow-commissioners and the satraps attempted to accuse him of “negligence or corruption” in “government affairs” (v.4a). They could find nothing, because Daniel was “faithful” (v.4b). So, they planned to make accusation against him “with regard to the law of his God” (v.5). And they maliciously instigated Darius to establish a law that “anyone who makes a petition to any god or man” besides the king “for thirty days, shall be cast into the lion’s den” (vv.6-9).Then, “when Daniel knew that the document was signed…he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously” (v.10). This was Daniel’s spiritual discipline with a structure of regular “three times a day”. He kept it daily. We can say that Daniel never missed his quiet time. The most important words in the verse may be “when Daniel knew that the document was signed”. They indicate the context of Daniel’s spiritual discipline: A discipleship challenge where his life was at stake. Daniel’s spiritual discipline was no mere religious ritual and routine. He could have skipped his quiet time “for thirty days” and be safe. He didn’t. Daniel’s spiritual discipline manifested his consistent daily devotion to “his God”: “he continued…three times a day…as he had been doing previously.” At the heart of this spiritual discipline was Daniel’s relationship and fellowship with “his God”.
Application:

How can I cultivate a consistent daily devotion to God?

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 leaders
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for the Generations: That young people will seek to be devoted to God consistently
  • Pray for self
 

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