Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
In families, churches, communities and nations, our customs are traditions: practices we see in our leaders; habits we share with our kin; legacies we give to our youth. Consider two definitions of custom:
1) 'The long-established habits or traditions of a society collectively' (Collins English Dictionary); 2) 'A practice followed by people of a particular group or region' (American Heritage Dictionary).
God invented good customs: 'Look upon me and be merciful to me, as Your custom is toward those who love Your Name' (Psalm 119:132). Man invented bad customs: 'The customs of the peoples are futile' (Jeremiah 10:3).
Consider church customs: bad ones include judgment, posing, politics and pride. By them, outsiders are dissuaded and insiders are deceived. Good ones include forgiveness, service, sacrifice and humility. By them, outsiders are inspired and insiders are strengthened.
As a boy in Israel, Daniel learned the customs of prayer, purity and praise. As a man in Babylon, he continued these customs. They were his lifeline. They kept him connected to God in a godless world. Even when faced with a lion's den of trouble, Daniel not only survived, he thrived.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What are your customs? Do they further your walk with God? Because customs can build or destroy your life. The positive practices of your faith will keep you connected to God in a world no less godless than Babylon.
As good customs did for Daniel, so they will do for you. They will give you peace, power, protection and promotion. When you face lions, do not fear them.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Practice Makes Perfect series.