1 Samuel 3:1, 7, 19-21; 4:1
Mon, 20 December 2021

The Centrality of God’s Word


What does the crisis of Israel described in verse 1 tell us?

Deeper Reflection
THERE ARE THREE MAIN CHARACTERS in 1 Samuel whose paths crossed each other: Samuel, Saul and David. And we see the discipleship journey of two contrasting characters: Saul and David. Our discipleship journey must be founded and built on two indispensable and inseparably intertwined fundamentals: the kingship of God and the centrality of the Word of God. Samuel’s place in 1 Samuel is about the centrality of the Word of God, for he was God’s prophet in Israel (vv.7, 19-21; 1 Sam 4:1; 7:3; 8:10; 9:27; 15:1). If “word from the Lord is rare” in our lives (v.1), does it matter to us? Are we concerned? It will be incongruent for us to say “Yes”, if the Bible is not more important to us than anything else and if we neglect the Scriptures. The Bible’s importance to us is indicated by our seeking to live by the Word of God (Matt 4:4). And this in turn is reflected by our devotion to reading and understanding the Scriptures. And that means making time for unhurried reading and “looking intently” at the Scriptures (Jas 1:25). The Psalmist prays, “Give me understanding, that I may observe Your Law” (Psa 119:34). The purpose of understanding God’s Word is to apply the Word, but understanding precedes application. Are you like a tree planted by streams of living water that nourishes your soul, because you delight in the Word of God and feed on it with hunger (Psa 1:2-3), habitually asking “What does the Scripture say?” (Rom 4:3)?

In what ways is the portrait of the man or woman of God in Psalm 1:2-3 true of me?

Your Word, O God, is perfect, reviving and refreshing the soul; it is trustworthy, making wise the simple; it is right, giving joy to the soul; and it is clear, giving insight for living. O that Your Word be to me more desirable than gold, even the finest gold, so that I can say “The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces”!21
21 Psalm 19:7-8, 10; 119:72
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Daniel 6:1-10
Wed, 7 June 2023

Consistent Daily Devotion to God


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”.

How can I cultivate a consistent daily devotion to God?

Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
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