Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 254

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Welcome to Day 254 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Daniel 1; Daniel 2; Revelation 16 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

Daniel 1, “Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.”

Daniel 2:11, “What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among men.”

(Except Immanuel… “God with us!”)

“Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.”

37 “The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory.”

48 “Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men.”

Revelation 16

In this chapter the full outpouring of wrath upon the enemies of God is depicted. The seven angels with the seven bowls pour out “the seven last plagues” (15:1). Notice that these are not partial judgments, as with the seven trumpets described earlier (chapters. 8-11). In the pouring out of these plagues “the wrath of God is complete” (15:1).

9b “…but they refused to repent and glorify him.”

O bservation

There is quite a contrast today between Daniel and Revelation. Daniel is shown favor and is exalted to a high position… while in Revelation, God’s wrath is being poured out upon the earth.

A pplication

I love the story of Daniel. It’s a great picture of integrity in the most difficult of circumstances. It’s a great picture of God’s favor and mercy on a person’s life…

Daniel could have very easily just enjoyed the king’s food and wine, instead he stays true to his heart and desire to not defile himself. Then God gave him the interpretation of the king’s dream. (Remember Joseph in prison?)

(Even if you give an accurate interpretation of a dream to the king, if he doesn’t like it, you could be killed anyway!)

There are no guarantees in any situation as to how they will play out. John the Baptist was beheaded… Peter was escorted out of prison by an angel. Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream and was exalted to the position of Vice Pharaoh.

But we can have hope that the Lord will free us, or give us the interpretation needed… or the strength to die well?

That’s really not the point of today’s readings… it’s about Daniel’s integrity, not wanting to defile himself and how one can maintain their integrity in the most difficult of circumstances. Although Daniel wasn’t in prison, per se, he was in captivity and forced into the king’s service. (Prep time alone was three years!)

I’m so glad to be in the book of Daniel and that the destruction of Jerusalem is now behind us, even though they are in captivity… We get to see how God deals with Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon.

P rayer

Lord, that I would have integrity like Daniel to stay true to you in difficult circumstances.

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2 thoughts on “Day 254

  1. Daniel 1:17 to these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds if literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams if all kinds. 19-20) then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said praise to the name of God forever and ever wisdom and Power are his. God had His hand on their lives from the beginning. I’m grateful for God’s hand on my life and the lives of those around me. Father help me stay true to myself and of course to you. “I will exalt you, you are My God.”

  2. …but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

    Notice that the official is not concerned about Daniel’s health and well being, only of the impact it will have on him. Of course when he says that the king will have have his head, that is literal, not figurative.

    The astrologers answered the king, “There is no one on earth who can do what the king asks!”

    During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision.

    Nothing is impossible for God. Absolutely nothing.

    There is a link between obedience an blessing. Daniel followed his intuition and ate vegetables for 3 years. THREE YEARS!!!! The act of obedience paid off. Daniel rightly gives credit to God for giving the king the dream and also for giving him the interpretation. I fasted from meat for a week a few years ago. I couldn’t imagine going a year let alone three. The important thing is being obedient.

    Since my Monday nights are free now, I decided to go to the men’s group. Since it was my first day back from medical leave, I was wiped out after work. I really wanted to nap, but I forced myself to go even though my stomach started feeling upset too. It was a small act of obedience, but I was blessed to get grouped with some great guys. I am expecting more blessings to come from attending this group. I know there are many other areas where I have been disobedient by letting other things take priority.

    Lord, help me push through the distractions and worldly concerns that get in the way of obedience. I don’t want to please those in the world. I only want to please you. Show me where my concern for others is self serving.

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