Daniel 2:44-49 When I was growing up, I never thought a whole lot about aerosol cans. My step dad had some deodorant in one, and my sister would pile on the hairspray from another. When I got a little older, though, I learned something about aerosol cans. Because of the pressure inside, they don’t mix very well with fire. A friend at camp one summer threw one into the fire and things got pretty interesting. The pressure on the inside of the can cause there to be more potential for something bigger to happen than would have if he would have simply thrown an empty can into the fire. Daniel boldly tells the king the interpretation of his dream even though he knows the king will not like it. The king was blown away by Daniel’s interpretation and paid honor to Daniel. The king gave Daniel a high position in his kingdom and gave him many gifts. In fact, Daniel was made ruler over all the wise men in Babylon, and the king also promoted Daniel’s friends at Daniel’s request as well. God used a pressure packed situation to do incredible things in the lives of the four hebrew men. Had Daniel ran away from the pressure, they would have missed out on all the amazing things God wanted to do in their life. The world can only tell us how to cope with pressure. God, on the other hand, teaches us how to convert pressure into potential. Nearly every time God wanted to reveal something about Himself in Scripture, He puts someone under pressure.  If we try to depressurize our lives, we may miss out on the greater things God wants to do in and through us. God’s people have always been better under pressure. Therefore, it’s not the pressure itself, but how we respond to it that determines what we’ll become. Pressure produces purpose and potential.  God was glorified by a King that didn’t even believe in Him because of the pressure in Daniel’s life. Maybe we should stop trying so hard to always get rid of pressure and, instead, turn to God to see what incredible things He wants to do in our life through our pressure. REFLECT: What are some pressure packed area of your life right now? How do you think God could use those pressurized situations in a great way? PRAY: Talk to God about the areas of your life where you feel pressure. Be honest with Him about your desire to see that pressure be relieved, but, also, ask Him to do great things in those situations. // 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:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: Luke 13]]>