It’s quiet in the house this morning because the moon and I are up together. My parents are in town visiting, and you know how that goes, the routine gets moved around. So I am up extra early to get my daily dose of time with God, study, and writing in. I don’t know about you but my days are not the same when I don’t spend some one-on-one alone time with Him. Not really sure anymore what my life looked like before I began seeking solitary moments with Him? Oh, yes I do: chaos, discontentment, and stress. I still have days like that, but it’s different when you know He is in control, working behind the scenes for you. There’s an inner peace, and comfort. In the present if you are not practicing spending some time with Him, doesn’t have to be hours, I’m talking 15 – 20 minutes, try it. What do you have to lose?
Currently I’m studying the life of Daniel, and in the study this morning in Daniel chapter six, verses three thru five it reveals his character. Daniel was a man of integrity. His character is noted as: one with no charge, or corruption. Instead “he was trustworthy, and had no negligence.” Dn. 6:3-5 HCSB. The ethics he placed in his own life was so great, and his goal to honor God with his life was not affected when he was around others. We can assume this because if we back up a few verses in Daniel three it says he “distinguished himself above the administrators, and satraps.” HCSB. I love how The Message puts it, “But, Daniel, so completely outclassed the other vice-regents and governors.” Dn. 6:3. He distinguished himself therefore, he outclasses the others. His presence, attitude, demeanor, and words must have been a light around others. He shone so brightly that the others aren’t noticed.
I am reminded of a song I used to sing as a little girl in Vacation Bible School. If you ever went to a Vacation Bible School you may already know which one I am talking about. You may even be nodding your head, holding up your index finger moving it around in a circular motion, and already singing the words to “This Little Light of Mine.” Let’s take a moment to sing a few words now, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. All the time, all the time, let it shine! Repeat. Sitting here I wonder if Daniel penned the words to that song long before Harry Dixon Loes in 1920. He easily could have. What does that mean when we sing – let it shine?
For Daniel he lived in ancient Babylon. Babylon back then was a corrupt city filled with wickedness, sexual immorality, deceit, lies, and worship of false idols; people that sought riches only for themselves. Jeremiah and Ezekiel both preached about Babylon. The events to come, and what is occurring now. Jeremiah preached in Jerusalem, while Ezekiel was in Babylon the same time Daniel was. Jeremiah points out about Babylon they are “inflamed with all their wine.” Jer. 51:39a NLT. Basically, they are drunk. Ezekiel says, “Your beauty went to your head. You corrupted wisdom by using it to get worldly fame. By sin after sin, by your corrupt ways of doing business.” Ex. 17-18a MSG. Think about that description? That was ancient Babylon, but is the world much different today? I’m not talking in totality, however there are great similarities. Just watch the news, read the internet, or the paper, it’s there – corruption, bribes, embezzlements, you name it.
If Daniel in all that could let his little light shine, can’t we? God calls us today to be a light to the world, “you have the light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” Eph. 5:8 NLT. God gives us guidance on how to let our light shine, “Don’t allow love to turn into lust, setting off a downhill slide into sexual promiscuity, filthy practices, or bullying greed. Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, Christians have better use for that. Don’t talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn’t fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect.” Eph.3-4 MSG. After all since Jesus is light and says, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” Jn. 8:12 NLT. Daniel must have mirrored the instruction He gives us. Remember Daniel was extraordinary, and outclassed the others.
The sun is rising now, the rays are beaming in, the sky is brightening with oranges, yellows, blues, and white, and I am reminded, “You are children of the light and of the day: we don’t belong to darkness and night” 1 Th. 5:5 NLT. Let us hold our index fingers high, be like Daniel, and sing – “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!” Go ahead – your turn!
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