Are You Working for the Right Person?
Too often we wake up with the dread that Ugh! I have to homeschool my children again. I need to do the dishes, wash the laundry, make lunch and dinner. The checklist and needs never end. What about those days when you have so much school to finish, but the kids keep fighting, another child spills their glass of milk and the washer will not work? Those are the days that mom loses control.
Who Are You Really Working For?
Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not
for human masters. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your
reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. ~ Colossians 3:23-24
What if we woke up with gratitude for having another day with our family? Realizing that God gave us our kids for a reason. That they are a blessing, whether it seems like it or not.
You might say, “Well you do not know what I have to deal with each day!” I may not have the same situations that you have each day, but we all struggle with trails that seem to never end. Trials that are so heart breaking that hope is like a dim beacon too far away to reach.
We need to stop seeing each day as just another burden. Another day with more work to do. We need to see our true calling. You are not just another stay-at-home mom. You are an abassador of God. His daughter, called to know Him and make Him known. What better way to do these things than to homeschool our children in a way that allows them to stand firm in their faith, to tell others about God and to start changing the society that we live in.
It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 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.
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. ~ Daniel 6:1-3
Daniel had been ripped from his home in Jerusalem as a teenager, and taken as a slave to the country of Babylon. If it were me as a teenager, I would have gone kicking and screaming. Yelling at my kidnappers and telling them how what they were doing was wrong. But not Daniel. When he arrived in Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar took the strongest, good-looking, and smartest Jewish slaves and trained them in the ways of Babylonian culture.
Not only was David dragged from his home country, now he was being forced to learn the Babylonian language, their customs and history, along with eating their food, which had been sacrificed to their gods. That is a hard trial for anyone. Yet, David prevailed. He refused to eat any of their food. He didn’t do it in a way that was rude and disrespectful, he went and asked the chief of staff for permission to not eat these unacceptable foods. When the chief of staff had worries that if Daniel only ate vegetables and water, then he would become sick and pale, causing the king to be angered, Daniel compromised with him. He suggested that they test this theory for 10 days. If the Chief found that Daniel and his friends were sick, they would have to stop eating only vegetables and water. By the end of the 10 days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food that the king had especially assigned to them.
Daniel 6 occurs after the Babylonians are taken over by the Medo-Persians. King Darius, who is a Mede, divided the kingdom into 120 sections and made Daniel an administrator over the high officials in each section. King Darius had just taken over Babylon, and already he respected and trusted Daniel to do his job. Eventually, Daniel’s great abilities caused the King to make him second in command over the whole empire. Other people were searching for faults within Daniel’s ways. Quickly realizing that there weren’t any.
He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trust worthy. ~ Daniel 6:4
I want my kids to say this about me. Finding me faithful, responsible and trustworthy as their mom. In the small moments, to the discipling, to school, to cleaning the house, to loving their father. That everything I did as if it were for God.
We find our strength when we work for the Lord. Giving our all to Him. How do we keep this train of thought on the right track?
Praying in all Aspects
How often do you pray each day? Is it just in the morning, at night, through out the day, or not at all? What difference does prayer make?
So they concluded, “Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection
with the rules of his religion.” So the administrators and high officers went to the king and said, “Long
live King Darius! We are all in agreement – we administrators, officials, high officers, advisers, and governors –
that the king should make a law that will be strictly enforced. Give ordrs that for the next thirty days any person
who prays to anyone, divine or human – except to you, Your Majesty – will be thrown into the den of lions. And now,
Your Majesty, issue and sign this law so it cannot be changed, an official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot
be revoked” So King Darius signed the law. ~ Daniel 6:5-9
But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room,
with its windows open towards Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to
God. ~ Daniel 6:10
Three times a day Daniel prayed, faithfully. We want to have God’s grace, blessings and mercy, but we do not want to commit ourselves to putting God first. To making prayer a continual need throughout the day.
Falling on our knees and giving thanks to God for every small thing that He has given us. Creating an attitude of gratitude. Compassionately leading us to do everything that we do for God. Without faithful prayer, how can we be a faithful worker for God?
When Struggles Come Where do You Look?
In the midst of a storm, I find myself closing into my own shell, blocking out the world, and becoming a recluse. My eyes are bloodshot and stained red from all the tears that I have cried. Looking downward so no one will see my despair.
Then the officials went together to Daniel’s house and found him praying asking for God’s help. So they went straight
to the king and reminded him about his law. “Did you not sign a law that for the next thirty days any person who prays
to anyone, divine or human – except to you, Your Majesty – will be thrown into the den of lions?” “Yes,” the king replied,
“that decision stands; it is an official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be revoked.” Then they told the king,
“That man Daniel, one of the captives from Judah, is ignoring you and your law. He still prays to his god three times a
day.” ~ Daniel 6:11-13
Hearing this the king was deeply troubled, and he tried to think of a way to save Daniel. He spent the rest of the day
looking for a way to get Daniel out of this predicament. In the evening the men went together to the king and said, “Your
Majesty, you know that according to the law of the Medes and Persians, no law that the king signs can be changed.” So at
last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, “May your God
whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you.” ~ Daniel 6:14-16
A stone was brought and place over the mouth of the den. The king sealed the stone with his own royal seal and the seals
of his nobles, so that no one could rescue Daniel. Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night fasting. He
refused his usual entertainment and couldn’t sleep at all that night. Very early the next morning, the king got up and
hurried out to the lion’s den. When he got there, he called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your
God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?” ~ Daniel 6:17-20
Daniel answered, “Long live the king! My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me,
for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty!” The king was overjoyed and
ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God. Then the king
gave orders to arrest the men who had maliciously accused Daniel. He had them thrown into the lions’ den, along with
their wives and children. The lions leaped on them and tore them apart before they even hit the floor. ~ Daniel 6:21-24
No where in scripture did it say that Daniel begged for his life. He didn’t yell and say that he was falsely accused. He didn’t point fingers and try to make the king see that these noblemen were the traitors. He let the king’s soldiers arrest him, as the king told him that he hoped his God would rescue him.
Daniel spent his time looking up. He never lost sight of who he was working for. Refusing to feel as if he were finally powerful enough, so that he didn’t need God anymore.
For most of us when we face a situation that seems unfair, hopeless or confusing, we do not turn to God. We wallow in our own self-pity. At least I know that I do. Sadly spending my time playing the vicitm in the situation. Not realizing that God has a plan for me. A good plan. A plan to prosper me. It’s hard for this plan to come about the way that it should, when I take my eyes off of God. When I am to busy being sad for myself.
Start waking up everyday, and go about your day doing everything for God. Find gratitude in all things, so that your attitude can change.
Remember the power of prayer and use it often. Praying with a fervent, faithful, Holy Spirit filled heart. Prayer is more powerful than we realize.
Finally, always look up. If we are too busy feeling sorry for ourselves, then our attention will be adverted from the one place that we should be looking, God. Until our vision refocuses itself in the right direction, working everyday for God will be almost impossible.
I know that life can drag you down, but it doesn’t have to. Start changing who you are working for today and see what a difference it can make.
May God bless you and keep you,