October 3, 2019
Scripture: Daniel 1:5
The king assigned them a daily portion of the royal rations of food and wine. They were to be educated for three years, so that at the end of that time they could be stationed in the king’s court.
Thought for the Day: Daniel and his friends found themselves in the king’s school, and they received the royal rations. This would have been good food, yet this food would have already been dedicated to the Babylonian gods. Now Daniel was a smart guy, and if pushed on the subject, he probably would have said, “Food is food. There is no other gods, only the Lord God.” Yet in times of difficulty when our faith feels threatened, it makes sense to stay as far away as possible from the slippery-slope. We may clearly know that there is no ultimate threat, but in moments of weakness, it is smart to practice the basics so as to reinforce what we believe to be most important. Daniel appeared to have understood this, and later in the passage, he will refuse the royal rations.
Prayer: I trust in you, O God, but I also know my weaknesses. Let me step into the unknown when I feel strong in you. Let me show caution when I feel a bit uneasy. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge