Bites of Time
“As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” (Daniel 6:20-22)
Life is busy. Really busy. Most of us struggle to carve out small pieces of uninterrupted Bible study and reflection.
So when I read how Daniel lived his life in such a way that even the busy King noticed his dedication, I cringed. Daniel held a position of power and authority, yet He did not compromise His relationship with God. His life was a testimony to those around him. So much so, his enemies used his predictability to execute their plan...of execution! It bothered his rivals that ‘no error or fault could be found in him" (Daniel 6:4). (It’s sad how sometimes others will attempt to blow out our candle in order to make theirs appear brighter.)
Knowing that Daniel prayed three times a day and had a pattern of worship, the jealous rivals decided to work their evil plan around Daniel’s relationship and commitment to his God.
But, their plan backfired and instead of Daniel being ripped apart by their hatred, the wrath they designed for him fell not only on themselves, but their entire families.
Serving God continually does not mean praying and studying the Bible twenty-four hours a day. Daniel still met—and exceeded—the professional tasks set before him. Jesus too set an example for us when He walked the earth. We know he read the scrolls and prayed to His Father, but he also engaged those around him and touched many lives even though He had a full agenda...
Our lives are busy. Insanely busy. All the more reason why we need to spend time with the only One who can navigate us through this crazy maze of life. Spend time with Him, read his word, find a favorite daily devotional, and include him during your day, speaking to Him as you would a good friend. Then, let the fruit of your fresh, meaningful relationship spill over onto the lives of those around you.
An excellent spirit was in Daniel. Is it any wonder? Daniel not only served God, he spent the time getting to know Him.
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