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December 21, 2009

Chapter-a-Day Daniel 6

The king caved in and ordered Daniel brought and thrown into the lions' den. But he said to Daniel, "Your God, to whom you are so loyal, is going to get you out of this." Daniel 6:16 (MSG)

It's interesting to read these stories from the book of Daniel once again. Most of these stories, like Daniel in the lion's den, are tales I remember learning in childhood. As I read them again from this place in my journey, I find new lessons in old stories.

For example, I was struck today by King Darius' response to the trap in which he and Daniel found themselves. I remember Daniel being trapped by the conspiracy, but I'd forgotten that Darius was equally trapped by his own counselors. We all know about Daniel's incredible faith, but it was Darius' faith that jumped off the page at me today as I read the verse above. Daniels life, example, and faith became a conduit through which Darius could, himself, believe.

Today, I'm inspired and reminded to live out my faith in quiet, daily discipline. I hope that my life, like Daniel's, might be a conduit through which others can put their faith in God.


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4-5 The vice-regents and governors got together to find some old scandal or skeleton in Daniel's life that they could use against him, but they couldn't dig up anything. He was totally exemplary and trustworthy.

I'm back! Sorry I've been absent lately. I have been going through a personal journey of job loss, job search and other yuck that I have been dealing with. We are studying Daniel in my small group too, through a study by Beth Moore and it has been fantastic. This verse struck me today because living a life of truth is something that I have been striving for. While I know that I have junk or skeletons (who among us doesn't?) life tends to be so much easier if you just tell the truth and move forward. I'm striving every day to do that more and more.

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