Daniel 6: 10
Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened towards Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.
A couple of times this week, via different sources, the concept of a ‘rule of life’ has come up. Pete Scazzero describes a rule of life as the trellis upon which we grow. It gives us a framework and helps us grow intentionally in a particular direction. We can develop rules of life as individuals, churches and wider communities. The principle being that we are intentional about growing in our love for Jesus and each other to God’s glory. It strikes me that Daniel had a ‘rule of life’, a clear framework that kept him close to God even when other support systems failed. Daniel was intentional about what he ate, how often he prayed, what he said and who had power over him. We, too, need to be clear about what is non-negotiable. We need to recognise those activities and principles that shape and define who we are and which anchor us when we go through trials and storms. We need to ensure these activities and principles do not take priority over God or become a god but that we continue to use them to draw us near to God. Perhaps you would like to try and list a few things that are necessary for your spiritual growth and that you would keep doing no matter what threats are made against you.
Father God, I thank you that you do not love me because of what I do or say or think but that you love me because you made me and you delight in me. I want to know you more and to grow in love for you and for your people and your creation. Please show me those things that are essential to that growth and help me to do them faithfully. To the glory of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen