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TXT: Can a good routine cause spiritual decline?

Question: Do you believe that Daniel ever struggled with religion or legalism because of his routine and/or discipline?

Answer:

Good question! We do know from Daniel’s prayer recorded in Daniel 9:3-19 that he identified himself as a “sinner” and “rebel” against God!  As you study the book of Daniel, you don’t overtly see any implication of self-righteousness in the life of Daniel. Trust and confidence in God?  Yes!  Self-reliance or arrogance?  No! And that’s amazing since God did some pretty incredible things through him (e.g., Dan 3:19-30; 4:19-36; 6:16-28).

I believe Daniel’s disciplined life grew out of His love and gratefulness to God for his mercy and grace.  God’s love and faithfulness toward His people Israel is promised throughout Scripture.  Daniel knew the Word of God and the God of the Word  (Dan 9).  Like all the great followers of  the one true and living God whom we see in Scripture, Daniel  truly believed God and His Word and lived accordingly.

Daniel came to undestand that throughout the Old Testament God proved His love and faithfulness to Israel over and over (Jer 31:3;  Hos 2:14, 23).  Daniel lived like one who knows  and loves God!

Daniel studied and understood God’s Word (Dan 1:8).  He trusted God — and the book of Daniel is a testimony to that fact!

So pursuing a life of loving obedience to God’s commands and promises is the natural response of one who has come into a saving relationship with the God of the Bible!  We don’t see evidence in Scripture that Daniel practiced a “disciplined life” to be made right with God or to gain favor with God or others!  On the contrary, this is the response of all who have come to personally know Him and His love and forgiveness!  (Dan 9:7-8)

So Daniel knew he was sinful.  And his life was marked by the attitudes and actions of one who had received the love and mercy of God.

Author: Peter Spiers

Peter is an executive with CFA, a national healthcare consulting firm, and invests all his off-work time into his church and his family. He is faithful to invest his life into men and loves to see people transformed by God's Word.

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