CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR OCTOBER 18, 2021 : TOPIC – NEVER SAY, “IT CAN’T WORK NOW” (I)
LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Monday, October 18, 2021
NEVER SAY, “IT CAN’T WORK NOW” (I)
Read: Daniel 6:1-5, 10-16
Daniel 6:1-5 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;
And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.
Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
Daniel 6:10-16 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God” (Daniel 6:5)
Suffice to say about sexual purity and proper upbringing in foreign lands. Let us talk of involvement in civil service and politics in the foreign land or ‘home away from home’. Daniel is our point of call.
Daniel and his three Hebrew friends were some of the boys, even of royal blood, who found themselves in Babylon (exile), but miraculously and divinely supervised into the service of the king. The influence and prominence of this initial slave boy was rising so fast that the king made him leader of leaders. This obviously attracted envy and hatred from the others who couldn’t figure out the source of his success and rising profile, hence the plan they cooked up to get at him. They wanted to stop him from worshipping Yahweh, the Source of his strength.
The comment of these enemies about Daniel (v. 5; cf. PrOv. 22:1) in a foreign civil service is worth commending. Can this be said of you wherever you have and/or would live, most especially, among non-indigenes? They were all in the civil service, but these rebels lacked what Daniel had – integrity. Daniel was a man of proven integity in a land where he could have said it won’t work.
Some of us claim that the standard of God for being in the civil service or politics can’t work with them, as if God didn’t have them in mind when giving the injunction. Nothing should make you compromise the standard of integrity God expects of you in that office. Never you say, “If I can’t beat them, I join them.” (Exod. 23:2). Anything the Lord says in His Word must not be seen as burdensome; Just obey Him.
1. Lord, make me the Daniel of this generation, ready to stand for Your integrity, regardless of the decadence ravaging the present world.
2. I refuse to compromise my faith and integrity in You, O Lord, in Jesus’ name.
3. Lord, miraculously raise more Daniels and Cyruses who would stand for You in the politics of our nation, in Jesus’ name.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Isaiah 39:8 – 42:2; Colossians 3:8 – 4:4