CAC Living Water Daily Devotional | Monday, October 18, 2021 |Never Say, “It Can’t Work Now” (I)
Topic: Never Say, “It Can’t Work Now” (I)
Read: Daniel 6:1-5, 10-16
Date: Monday, October 18, 2021
1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom;
2 and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss.
3 Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.
4 So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.
5 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 6:10-16
10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
11 Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
12 And they went before the king, and spoke concerning the king’s decree: “Have you not signed a decree that every man who petitions any god or man within thirty days, except you, 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 does not alter.”
13 So they answered and said before the king, “That Daniel, who is one of the captives a from Judah, does not show due regard for you, O king, or for the decree that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.”
14 And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
15 Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”
16 So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.”
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
Author: Christ Apostolic Church [Worldwide]