An Open Book
Posted: Wednesday, November 29
2 Peter 3:1-18
Verse of the day:
“But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.” (Daniel 6:10)
If someone was going to try and find a fault in your life, how hard would they have to look? If they followed you around all day would they see glaring inconstancies or blatant sin? Would the private you look anything like your public self?
Daniel was an open book. His life was on display for all to see. I love the statement that those that would want to bring Daniel down would have to find a religious reason because there seemed to be no other flaws in his character and daily life. So they found that he consistently prayed to God each day and made his strength, his trap.
Daniel knew what would happen if he went home as he always did and prayed. He knew that if he opened the windows, as he did each day, and knelt down facing the city of Jerusalem, the Babylonian paparazzi would be lying in wait to snap his photo and send it straight to Darrius. It would be front page news in the Babylon Bee. His personal life would be all the buzz in Babylon. People would talk on and on (Babble on?) about his disregard for the new law.
All he had to do was just not pray for one month. One cycle of the moon was all it would take and he could go back to normal. Just don’t open the window. Just don’t pray today. However, Daniel knew himself better than that. When you break a habit, it takes time. If he was to stop for only 30 day he may never find his way back. So instead of stopping, he opened himself up for all to see.
It would seem from the story that Daniel was not too worried about the lion’s den. Could it be that he prayed about the situation three times that day? Could it be that when he prayed for his people and his nation that he also brought up his current situation? It is amazing how much peace we can have in our lives when we consistently do what we know is right. Worried about the outcome of your daily choices? Talk to God about it. When you do, you will have the courage to even face down a den of lions, or maybe just a few angry and bitter co-workers. If you are the only Gospel your friends will ever read, make sure that your life is an open book that is transparent enough to see God in you.