Relationship: The way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected. (google search)
We have many relationships. In this life, we need to connect. Even the most anti-social people are connected to someone or something somehow for some reason. We relate. We are human and humans relate.
We do not all relate in the same way.
We have choices about how we interact. I’m fascinated and somewhat overwhelmed thinking about the various ways and variables that make and shape different relationships. I think it is true what has been said of “what you put into something is what you will get out of it”.
It is actually Daniel’s experience in the lion’s den that led me to ponder relationships. Daniel chose to have a relationship with God. A deep, intimate relationship with God. He cultivated it by spending a lot of time communicating with Him. He waited on Him and listened to what He had to say. Because of the time with God Daniel put in, what he got out of it was quite astounding. He knew Him. He was His friend and Daniel was able to trust God explicitly. Spending time with Him the way he did gave Him a deep understanding of exactly WHO he was in relationship with.
Daniel in the Den of Lions
6 [a]It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
6 So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.
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. Daniel 6:1-10
Daniel did not change His relationship with God in times of trouble, instead, he consistently gave thanks to God “as he did before”. Daniel knew God. He was in a “healthy” relationship with God. He spent time with Him. He prayed and thanked Him. He knew his prayers did not fall on deaf ears. Daniel knew that his God was faithful and mighty. Daniel had faith. Not blind faith. Faith that came from a real and true intimate relationship with the One Living God.
13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.”14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.
15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.”
16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”
17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.
19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”
21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 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.”
23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
AND WHEN DANIEL WAS LIFTED FROM THE DEN, NO WOUND WAS FOUND ON HIM, BECAUSE HE HAD TRUSTED IN HIS GOD.
May my life and yours be filled with good, healthy relationships. May we learn to take time to cultivate all the relationships we have been given. May we make our relationship with the Maker of relationships our first priority. May we put in time that we may know Him, really know Him and find Him faithful and trustworthy as Daniel did and simply be astounded. Thank You Jesus 🙂