We believe that the Bible is God’s word graciously preserved for us, relevant for our lives even in the 21st century. But the Bible was not originally written to us. It was written over a very long period of time by many different human authors, to a time and people who were very different from us today. This means that we need to learn how to read the Bible carefully in its original context, before we properly understand how it is relevant for us in today’s context.

There are many “methods” to study and make sense of the Bible, but they essentially boil down to four key tasks:

  1. Paying attention to the text. This means reading carefully to observe what is there in the text, and also doing our best to understand the world that lies behind the text. Who was it written to? What specific situation is being addressed? What was the culture like? Are there repeated words and emphases? How does it fit into the larger book/biblical context?


  1. Understanding the meaning of the biblical text in its context. Here we ask what the text might have meant to its original audience. How would they have heard it? How was it relevant to them? What kind of response is the text requiring from them? What might the theology and principles be? What does it tell us about God and ourselves?


  1. Bridging to the present The Bible, though ancient, still speaks words of truth to the present and changes lives today. For it to be truly relevant to today, we need to understand the world we live in, and allow the Bible’s lenses to help us “see” our world and situations in a different light.


  1. Applying the text to our lives. The outcome of Bible study should not be mere head knowledge, but faithful living for God in the present. The Bible changes us because in the written word, we encounter the living God. This means that application involves practical action, and equally importantly leads us to worship God with renewed inner conviction.

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Daily Devo
Daily Devotional Journal
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.
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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