- Silence and Stillness before God (2 minutes)
- Scripture Reading: Daniel 1:3 – 5, 8 (NIV)
Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility — young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
- Silence, Stillness, and Centering before God (2 minutes)
- Scripture Reading: Psalm 73:12 – 17, 25 (NIV 1984)
This is what the wicked are like —
always carefree, they increase in wealth.
Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure;
in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.
All day long I have been plagued;
I have been punished every morning.
If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
I would have betrayed this generation to your children.
When I tried to understand all this,
it was oppressive to me
till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And being with you, I desire nothing on earth.
From June 7th to August 1st our Daily Devotional is adapted from the book Emotionally Healthily Spirituality – Day by Day. We encourage getting a copy of the book for additional devotional readings and questions.