(Video version: The risk of focusing on days)
The three friends were living comfortably in Jerusalem. It was a good day.
They got captured by Nebuchadnezzar and hauled off to Babylon. It was a bad day.
They were selected for an executive leadership training program that was limited to really really bright people. It was a good day.
They were given foods that were against their religion, and they wanted to remain faithful. It was a bad day.
Their friend Daniel asked if they could try healthy foods, just for ten days, as a test. It was a scary day.
They were healthier than anyone else. They got to keep eating their food. It was a good day.
After three years, they went before the King. It was a very good day.
The king had a bad dream. He couldn’t remember it. The wise men couldn’t either. The king got so ticked, he commanded that all the wise men be killed. Including Daniel and the three friends. It was a really bad day.
Daniel got an audience with the king, had his three friends praying for him, and told the king the dream and it’s meaning. Daniel got a great job. So did the three friends. It was a fabulous day.
The king built an image of himself to be worshiped. The three friends didn’t worship. They were seen. And reported. It was a bad day.
They were tied up and thrown into the big open-hearth furnace. It was an awful day.
The ropes fell off. A fourth person was standing with them in the furnace. It was a really bizarre day.
They came out of the fire smoke-smell free. It was a great day.
They got their jobs back. With favor from the king. It was a fabulous day.
I’m curious: which day did God ignore their prayer?
(This is a condensed version of Daniel 1-3.)