In America, our lives are filled with distraction and busyness, and our minds and hearts are pulled in every direction by social media, entertainment, pleasure, food and drink, money and possessions—the list goes on and on. We are tempted and tried every day by the simplest of things. It sometimes seems easy to put off time with God or skip church because we have so many other things to do. Innocent things can slip into our hearts and become idols if left unchecked.
God requires our whole hearts, and the life of Daniel is exemplary of a man whose heart was completely possessed by God. He endured much persecution, yet his heart always remained faithful to God.
When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. (Daniel 6:10)
Daniel knew that if he prayed to God as usual that he would probably be killed. But he prayed anyways, three times. Because of his faithfulness, God delivered him from death and his witness caused King Darius to declare that his entire domain should worship and fear the God of Daniel.
For most of us, life isn’t nearly that dramatic, but the stakes are just as high spiritually. If we don’t seek after God, we will slowly tear away the bond we have with our source of life. We need to be reminded constantly how important it is to pray and talk to God regularly and to make time with God and other believers a priority.
Besides, is there anything that we can surrender that God cannot give back? Sleep, time, money, relationships—He made them all! And what good dad wouldn’t want to give His children good things when their hearts are set on Him?
Affirmation for today: Nothing can keep me from my devotion and my dependence on God. (Daniel 6:10, Driving Reflections—Praise / Adoration)