Let us ponder over the Life of Daniel in the Bible and study what his life teaches us.
Here are some remarkable attributes of Daniel that set Him apart for God.
Daniel did not compromise his values and behaviours, springing out of his faith in the one true living God, to keep his career safe or to feel accepted by anybody.
God's children are prone to compromise our Christian, just to feel accepted by the world and to avoid being looked upon as strange or stupid. But, our very calling is to be set apart from the world as people of God.
We are to be different from the world. Light is indeed opposite to darkness.
Daniel refused to defile himself with the pagan king's food without worrying about what the king would do if he happened to know about this rebellion.
Daniel had the King of Kings by his side, and pleasing Him was all that mattered to him.
Daniel did not act out of fear of a human king nor the Lions in the Den. Why? Because He knew who His God is.
He knew that our God is the maker of heaven and earth, and there is nothing too difficult for Him. He knew that the lions would not touch him unless God allowed it to happen.
Even after hearing that he may be ut to death if he prays, Daniel continues to pray in the same place, with the same posture(towards Jerusalem), at the same time he used to. Daniel did not even shut his doors before praying. He did not stop looking at Jerusalem. He feared no man.
Daniel firmly acknowledged that it is God who helped Him interpret the dream. He refused to accept any reward from the king because he interpreted the dream for God's glory and not for his benefit.
He had a clear understanding that God is his provider and sustainer. Both when he was taken to a pagan country as a captive and when he was exalted to a high position in the palace, he remained humble before God. His heart always stayed after the living God.
He always sought to fulfil God's commandments and please Him. That was the goal, not earthly rewards.
Daniel prayed three times a day, every day. Constant communication with God moulds our hearts and minds to cling to God in every circumstance.
Prayer is always our power source, without which we cannot shine as brightly as we should.
When Daniel was praying, the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, "Thou art highly beloved". What a privilege!
I pray that this little Bible Study on the Life of Daniel would help you in making better choices and forming Godly habits.
Dear Lord, help me live an uncompromising, prayerful and obedient life for you, like Daniel in the Bible. Help me not to be afraid of people and evil. Help me live with an understanding that you are always in control of my life. Amen!
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