Today’s Scripture: Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. Daniel 6:10-11
When we think of the life of Daniel from the Old Testament, most of the time we think of surviving the night in the lion’s den. However, there are several other lessons that we can learn from the book of Daniel.
The first lesson is to live up to your name. Daniel’s name means “God is my judge”, and all through the book of Daniel, in all twelve chapters, we see Daniel living up to his name.
Now what are we called? Well, we are called Christians. The name “Christian” was originally a derogatory term used towards the early believers. People called them Christians because they didn’t like them. Now, that is what we call ourselves – Christians – because we follow Christ. We believe He is the way, the truth, and the life. There is no other way to the Father but by Him. Our religion cannot save us. Our works cannot save us because we are sinners.
We are hopeless, helpless, and in need of the Savior. When we put our trust in Him, we are identified with Him. We ought to live up to that name if that is what we are called. If people were to examine us, would they even know we are Christians?
Daniel lived his life that way. He was not worried about the approval of men. When the decree came down that said he could not pray to the God of Heaven, Daniel worried only about obeying his God. May we have that same conviction!
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.