Scripture:
Daniel 4:30-32
Wed, 24 May 2023

Meet the God Who Rules

Observation:

What significant observations can you make about God?

Deeper Reflection
Nebuchadnezzar’s egotism, “I myself have built…by the might of my power and for the honor of my majesty” (v.30), is expressed in various forms of humanistic arrogance: Human sovereignty – “I do whatever I want.” Human omnipotence – “‘Cannot’ is not in my life vocabulary.” Human supremacy – “Everything is in my control.” Human security – “No crisis can knock me down.” Human glory – “I am the best of all!” Such a spirit like Nebuchadnezzar’s will inevitably meet the God who rules.God rules with sudden prevention:While the word was in the king’s mouth” – before he could fully enjoy and savour his great achievements, God interrupted – “a voice came from heaven…” (v.31). In life, it can be “While I have become most successful…”, “While I have gotten what I want in life…” that comes the divine sudden prevention: It “has been removed from you” (v.31). God has forewarned this kind of divine act in His Word, but there is no warning when God actually acts.God rules with supreme power: “the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth” (Dan 4:17, 25, 32, NIV). We can be secure in this theological reality in an unstable world of geopolitical conflicts and global economic crises. This transcendent theological reality is also “the gospel of the kingdom of God” that gives the hope of salvation (Lk 16:16).God rules with sovereign prerogative: “[He] bestows it on whomever He wishes” (Dan 4:17, 25, 32). We must learn and live by this theological truth – that God is God – when God does not meet our expectations or God seems to be unfair to us.
Application:

What aspects of the sovereignty of God do I need to lay hold of in my
discipleship journey?

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: To see and trust God’s sovereignty in all life situations
  • 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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