Discipline = Freedom

Re:Verse passage – Daniel 6:1-28 (day five) 

“and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.”

Daniel’s life of faithfully serving God was sustained by discipline. Even his enemies knew where Daniel would be and what he would be doing.  He was that disciplined. In his book “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life” Donald Whitney explains that the result of discipline is freedom. An accomplished pianist can play (has the freedom to play) any piece of music because they have spent countless hours in disciplined practice and study. Same is true in the Christian life.

Daniel’s discipline provided structure and substance that created devotion and determination for serving God.  In Daniel’s life his freedom (even in captivity) looked like courage, patience, wisdom, and insight.  Daniel found strength, peace, and the voice of God in his discipline.

In these days that seem so disrupted and unpredictable, maybe we can find the same freedoms that Daniel had (even in Stay Home Work Safe). Let’s begin rhythms of prayer and devotions during this COVID crisis. Let’s find freedom to faithfully serve God and others.  May our discipline lead to  freedom.

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

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