“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.” Daniel 6:26
The king’s hands are tied after Daniel is caught praying to God. The king has to follow through and put Daniel in the lions’ den. Although the situation looks pretty bleak, Daniel trusts in God and his faith is rewarded with a rescue. God protects him from the lions all night long. Because of Daniel’s trust in God, the king issues a decree praising the God of Daniel.
If we’re a Jesus-follower, we want God to be honored. But as we see in this story, it sometimes requires something like a den for there to be a decree that honors God. One of the ways God is often most honored is by how we handle adversity, whether there is a miraculous rescue or not.
There is plenty of adversity in life. It gives us ample opportunities to trust and honor God. Our relationship with a child, friend, family or spouse is teetering on the edge, and we can choose to do our best to trust and honor God through that adversity. We experience or watch another go through a health or financial crisis, and we can decide to lean on God and trust him. Though these times are difficult, they present chances for us to honor God’s name to those around us.
God used Daniel’s trust to honor him. The same is true for us. Whether our relationships get better, we heal, or our situation changes— we can bring honor to our God by trusting in him through adversity. Often in life, it takes something like a den to get the decree that honors God.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Join the Ada Bible Worship Team as they sing “10,000 Reasons.” May this time of worship remind you of the trustworthiness of our God.
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.