Daniel Week Two, Day Two Read Daniel 2:14-23 Whether it’s because of pride, stubbornness, stupidity, or some combination of all three, I’ve never been one to accept help very often. Even when I have no clue what I’m doing, I’ll keep trying to do something with absolutely no progress. Unfortunately, this mindset isn’t unique to just a few areas of my life or to just me. We hesitate to seek help from others or for God even in times when we truly need it. Luckily for Daniel, when things started to get out of control in his life, he didn’t allow pride, stubbornness or stupidity to keep him from seeking help. After the wise men of Babylon couldn’t interpret the king’s dream for him, he became angry and ordered that all the wise men be put to death. When the commander of the king’s guard came for Daniel and his friends, Daniel would have every right to be worried and panic. He was about to be put to death for something he had nothing to do with. Instead, Daniel remembered that he had been in a similar situation before. He talked to the commander with wisdom and tact, learned what the situation was, and convinced the commander to give him an opportunity to speak to the king. Daniel then went to his friends and asked them to pray to God that He would save them and the rest of the wise men of Babylon from execution. That night, God revealed what the king’s dream was all about to Daniel in a vision. Once again, God came through for Daniel, and he praised God because of it. When we face pressure packed situations, it can cause us to forget about all the times that God has came through for us in the past. We’re tricked into believing that we have never had to deal with something like this before, and we can’t handle the situation. Instead of panicking in those situations, we can take a lesson from Daniel. We can calmly seek to understand what’s going on while looking to God for the answers to what we are facing. Not only should we turn to God, but, like Daniel did, we can also lean on friends to help us through difficult situations. Had Daniel tried to confront the king in his own power, he would have failed just like all the other wise men of Babylon. Daniel sought God’s direction, and God came through because of it. Daniel knew that God had been there for him before. God would remind him of that over and over. When panic starts to set in, we need to calmly remember that the same one who has came through for us before is right there walking with us through our storms today. REFLECT: What are some lessons that you feel like God has had to teach you over and over? Why do you think it’s so hard for us to learn those lessons the first time? PRAY: In your prayer time today, take a few minutes and look back on the times when God has came through for you in a big way. Talk to God about those situations and thank Him for coming through for you. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:
- What was the best part of your day?
- What was the toughest part of your day?
- Where did you mess up today?
- Where did you see God today?