A Kingdom of Hope

Daily reading: Daniel 6:6-27
Saturday December 3, 2016

Focus passage:  Then King Darius wrote the following decree:  To all the peoples, nations, and languages inhabiting the entire earth:  I wish you much peace.  I now issue this command: In every region of my kingdom, all people must fear and revere Daniel’s God because: He is the living God.  God stands firm forever.  His kingship is indestructible.  God’s rule will last until the end of time.  Daniel 6:25-26

King Darius, despite his desire to save Daniel, is unable to. The law has been signed and his hands are tied.  The consequence of praying to God and not King Darius is death.  Daniel is thrown into a lion’s den and King Darius says “Your God – the one you serve so consistently – will rescue you.” 
This bumbling King, who allowed such an outrageous law to constrict his ability to rule, can see the hope of God in Daniel.
Daniel survives the night and the King speaks out in faith that “God is the living God.  God stands firm forever.  His kingship is indestructible.  God’s rule will last under the end of time. He is the rescuer and savior.”
King Darius is ever aware that his own kingdom will come to an end, just as so many had before but God’s Kingdom will never be destroyed.
The kingdom that Christ ushers in will never end. 
That is our 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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