Daniel was committed to prayer – it’s all too easy for us to become complacent. But he fit his day around prayer, not the other way round.
Knowing is not enough; the Most High God is sovereign over all – may we not only know that, but live it.
Unlike Nebuchadnezzar we need to humble ourselves - lest we are humbled by God.
In the Upper Story God is weaving what will one day be a beautiful tapestry. In the Lower Story it’s like the back of a tapestry: a tangled mess.
This is the real miracle of the fiery furnace: ‘Even if our God does not deliver us,’ they said, ‘we will not serve your gods.’
The book of Daniel offers us a peek behind the curtain and in doing so it offers hope.
Whatever we are facing today, let us face it not with panic but like Daniel: with wisdom resulting in God’s praise.
Daniel had the courage to stand up, to hold on to who he was in God. How can we, how can you do the same?
May Jesus be our One Thing this year, and every year.
May we be a people of ‘one thing’: Jesus Christ, the true light that shines in the darkness.