Reverence – Part 2

Last week I talked about how kneeling in prayer shows respect and reverence towards God. Today I wanted to talk about a Biblical example. You are likely familiar with the story of Daniel and the lions’ den. Daniel was living in Babylon where a law was passed stating that everyone had to pray to the king. Anyone who prayed to someone else would be thrown into the lions’ den.

It says in Daniel 6:10, “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”

Although there was a new law stating that everyone had to pray to the king, Daniel still prayed to the one and only God. Well, the king’s men saw Daniel do this and reported him. However, the king liked Daniel, so it upset him very much. The king didn’t want to throw Daniel in the lions’ den, but now he had no choice. You likely know how the story goes. When the king went to the lions’ den the next morning, he found that Daniel had survived, against all odds.

Daniel told the king in verse 22, “My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

I love this story because it shows how deeply Daniel honored the Lord. He had such reverence for Him that he kneeled in prayer. And not only that, he continued to kneel in prayer, even after a law forbid it. Daniel did not fear the king or his men. Daniel feared God and only God. As a result, Daniel was faithful to God, no matter what.

As I mentioned last week, if you are unable to physically kneel, then don’t try it. The key to reverence is in our hearts. And when we learn the art of reverence, I believe our hearts will also cling to God in the same way. No matter what we face in life, we will still hold tightly to God and honor Him. We will know deep in our hearts how faithful and trustworthy our God is. And nothing can keep us from putting Him first in our lives.

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© 2021 Bridget A. Thomas

18 Comments on “Reverence – Part 2

  1. Daniel is such a good example when it comes to Reverence toward God. He not only was so on good days but also when it was challenging to do so. This is such a good reminder. Daniel’s posture towards God was always one of reverence. It was not an option or something he picked and chose to do according to when it was convenient.
    Awesome word Bridget.
    Blessings dear friend 🤗💙

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    • I love the way you phrased that – “It was not an option…” Such an excellent point! May our automatically turn towards God with reverence, leaving no other option. Blessings to you too, my friend! ❤️

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    • You make a good point – during these crazy times, it is especially important for us to turn towards God with hearts full of reverence. May we keep God first place in our hearts! Thank you for your comment! 😊

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  2. Bridget, I loved the last sentence you wrote: And nothing can keep us from putting Him first in our lives!! Amen and Amen!! God bless you for your message.

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  3. Daniel was truly another man after God’s own heart. He lived out his faith in a way that it didn’t matter who was watching. He was constant in season and out of season. I want my spiritual walk to emulate the faith of Daniel. Not afraid of what man may say, but wholly focused and trusting in God. Thank you for this Word!

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  4. Perth Girl’s comment helped me realize that Daniel had made reverence a part of who he was. Kneeling and praying wasn’t something with which he struggled; he’d practiced so long that it was second nature. I need to make it so much a part of me I can’t imagine not doing it.

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  5. Love this post Bridget. Daniel and the lions den is such a beautiful story. I also love how reverence and honor our connected. I suppose that means that if we don’t honor God with our words and our lives than we are being irreverent to God. So, yes reverence is in the heart, but also in our actions even if we can’t kneel. We can put reverence into action in many other ways.

    Thanks for sharing your thought provoking post sweet friend and sister. ❤

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    • It’s funny you mentioned our words because next week I will be talking about reverence and our attitudes. You are right, it’s all about the heart. And I am so thankful God can always see our hearts. Many times when dealing with other people, we are misunderstood because they can’t see our true intentions. But God always can. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, my friend! 💕

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  6. Thanks for sharing Bridget. This is what stood out to me; The key to reverence is in our hearts. And when we learn the art of reverence, I believe our hearts will also cling to God in the same way.

    Loved it💖

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  7. Our old world has lost any reverence toward the creator. Glad you wrote about it so that we will be reminder just because the world does not lift Him up we who are His children need to double up on doing so. Great post.

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    • Thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed the post! I like how you put that – we need to “double up” on doing so. Such a good point. And I dare say that this is an area in which we all can improve upon. It takes a good dose of humility. Thanks so much for stopping by! 😊

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