Verse of the Day


"So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”….At first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, who you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” Daniel answered, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you O king."

~Daniel 6:16, 19-22


Today's Devotional Thought

January 08, 2010 by Wendy Foreman



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Obedience

With us reading In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day for the Book Club, I’ve become intrigued with lions and pits. Daniel was the first man of the Bible I thought of when I thought of lions. There are so many things I love about Daniel. The greatest is his obedience to God. There are so many wonderful verses in Daniel which made it difficult for me to pick several for this devotional. These verses are speaking of the results of Daniel not listening to the decree of the king which was not to pray to any other gods or human other then those the king declared.

What I love is that Daniel is true to his God (our God). He knew that to obey the king meant to go against his Lord. I’m sure that Daniel was aware of the consequence to disobeying the king, but his convictions were stronger to God than to any man on this earth. He didn’t fear what man could do to him.

We can see in the scripture that because of his obedience, God was faithful to him and sent an angel to close the mouths of those lions. Daniel’s obedience to the Lord was seen by the king and his kingdom. And, because Daniel stayed true to his convictions, a decree was sent out that the people of the kingdom were to fear and revere the true and living God. People’s lives were changed because Daniel prayed and didn’t give in to the pressures around him.

How true to our convictions are we? When people are aware that we are Christians, I believe they watch us to see how we will respond in certain situations. If you have children they are watching you. If you have unsaved relatives they are watching you. We should all desire to be a constant testimony to our Lord. I want to be a Daniel. I don’t want to be afraid of what man can do to me. I want to be obedient to what the Lord has called me to be and do for Him.

If you are facing something in your life today that could possibly compromise your testimony, I pray that the Lord will give you an extra amount of strength and courage to make the decision to be obedient to the Lord.


Memorize this verse today:

"So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”….At first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, who you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” Daniel answered, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you O king."
~Daniel 6:16, 19-22



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