How would you like to read through God's Love Letter—His Word, the Bible, with a group of like-minded, Christian girlfriends? We're doing that over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group. Did you know you don't have to start a Bible reading plan on January 1? You can begin today! This simple plan, and an accountability partner, will help you succeed. Who will be your accountability partner? Share this post with them and invite them to the private Facebook group.
Sweeter Than Honey is patterned after this Bible Reading Itinerary. On Tuesdays, here at the blog, I would love it if you and I could take a trip through God's Word and Sweeter Than Honey, together! I would also encourage you to Join us over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group, introduce yourself, meet new friends, and share your thoughts there as well. We're waiting for you!
Daniel 4-6: Our Influence Matters
In this passage, we read about three kings of Babylon—Nebuchadnezzar, his son Belshazzar, and Darius the Mede. Daniel had influence, for the Most High God, over all three of these. Our influence matters!
King Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s son, saw the hand writing on the wall. After his enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers could not interpret the writing, at the queen’s request, he brought in Daniel.
After Belshazzar, Darius the Mede became king of Babylon. This is the king that was tricked into throwing Daniel into the lions’ den. “The king declared to Daniel, ‘May your God, Whom you serve continually, deliver you!’ …Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him” (Daniel 6:18).
So, how are you using your influence today for the Most High God?
About Sweeter Than Honey
Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
9/13/2022 09:07:04 am
It's amazing to think that when Daniel was exiled as a young man or teen, he had no idea the influence he would someday have. As we walk faithfully with God day by day, he will bring us to the places and people where He wants us to shine His light.
9/13/2022 11:35:18 am
Yes, He will, Barbara!! And just as God was with Daniel in the lion's den, He will be with us through whatever situations He causes us to go through.
Good Morning, Patsy! It is encouraging to be reminded of how those who love and pursue God remain steadfast in times of God of upheaval. Influence is such a media-driven word for surface impact - but maybe I hope that my writing and photography would plant seeds for God - that would encourage them to reach for Him. Shalom!
9/13/2022 11:37:27 am
Yes, Maryleigh, God gives each of us areas of influence for His glory. Our influence may not be in the presence of kings, but it is just as important!
9/13/2022 12:09:25 pm
What grace that God includes pagan kings in the out working of his redemptive plans!
9/13/2022 12:13:43 pm
Yes, Michele, I love how God opened the eyes of all three of these kings to see His goodness and ultimate authority through Daniel's faithful example!
9/13/2022 10:04:48 pm
Patsy, this is such a treasure of a message today. I pray we always strive to model Jesus’ influence for others.
9/15/2022 12:55:14 pm
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