Turning toward God

Daily reading: Daniel 6:6-27
Wednesday November 30, 2016

Focus passage: “When Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went to his house.  Now his upper room had open windows that faced Jerusalem.  Daniel knelt down, prayed, and praised his God three times that day, just like he always did.” Daniel 6:10

Daniel uses prayer as an act of resistance and turns toward Jerusalem as a way of both physically and mentally turning toward God who is the center of his life.  Daniel turns toward the God of Abraham who promised a great nation and a great people to his people.  Daniel turns toward the God of Moses who freed his people from slavery in Egypt and journeyed with them through the wilderness.  Daniel turns toward the God of David who helped to establish the Kingdom.  Daniel turns toward his God even though his people are scattered, the temple is destroyed, and the nation no longer has a descendant of David on the throne. 

Daniel centers his life on God and places his hope in a God even though by all conventional standards his situation seems hopeless.
We are called like Daniel, to center our lives upon God.  To remember that while God’s timing isn’t our timing, God will remain faithful and be present in our long nights of waiting and faithfully living into hope.


Prayer: Holy God help me throughout my day to put you first.  May my words, thoughts and actions honor you.  May your abundant hope fill my day and lead me into tomorrow.  Amen.

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