- forgives our sins
- heals our diseases/dysfunctionalities
- redeems from destruction
- crowns with hesed and mercy
- satisfies desires with good things
- renews our soul
Application: Finding pleasure in the ways of wisdom avoids the pain of the ways of folly.
Daniel 1 A Secret of Success
Prayer: God, I purpose to please You in all my ways, and to endure whatever consequences occur; thanks that You can give me favor and success in any circumstance. Amen.
Those who insist that this was a made up story after the fact, are no wiser than Nebuchadnezzar's charlatans, and not to be trusted (if they think that God makes up lies to encourage His people, they probably believe lying is a perfectly acceptable way of life). They could learn something from Daniel's example of seeking insight from the Creator who communicates, or just observe what's written (which any wise man/woman should do) and notice that the text (especially chapter 9) is still predictive about the death of the Messiah and our future. That God has and communicates a plan about the future is an integral part of trusting Him in the present. Daniel winds up being honored above all others because of his faithfulness in seeking and declaring God's revelation. He remembers his praying friends who are honored with him.
Prayer: Mighty God, You are the one who determines the course of nations and kings; to You belong wisdom, knowledge, understanding and the secrets of the universe; You are the one who reveals what is needed to His servants who seek Him; and You promote them. Thanks that whatever happens in the world, I know that I can trust You for all that concerns me. Amen.
Prayer: Holy God, there is no one like You, who can deliver from any difficulty; I trust You to take care of me as I loyally obey You; may You be glorified by my life or death. Amen.
Prayer: God, You are great and give power and glory to all; may I never think my success come from my own efforts, but may I recognize that it is You who have blessed me, and may I bless You and exalt You in the eyes of others for Your goodness to me. Thanks. Amen.