“Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel,and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” Daniel 6:21-22
Daniel was in a tough spot.
Some of the other administrators of the Persian empire were jealous of him and wanted him dead. They even went so far as to trick the king into passing an edict that outlawed prayer of any kind unless it was directed to this new king. Darius liked Daniel. Daniel had proved himself and he was wise – He also had a mighty God on his side. But when Daniel faced a moral dilemma, he could have caved…he could have buckled under the pressure…but he didn’t. Daniel stood firm. In fact if you read the story of Daniel and lion’s den you will know that as soon as he hears about this new law he goes up to his room, opens the window that face Jerusalem and he prayed to God.
Daniel has the courage and strength to stand firm even when facing a certain death sentence. Not only does Daniel break this new law, he opens his windows so everyone can see him pray. There was no hiding his faith, or pretending to comply, Daniel knew that he couldn’t compromise.
How about you and me? Are there places in our lives that we are facing compromise? Have you been tempted to simply “play” along, even though you know in your heart that it (whatever “it” may be) is wrong? We are called to be set apart for God. Within that set-apart-ness, there is no room for the compromise of our faith! We must stand firm, even when societal and cultural pressures tell us otherwise. Do not move – stand your ground and remain faithful. This will require strength and fortitude. Resolve to remain faithful and ask the Lord to help you, He will not leave you if you only cling to Him.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to stand firm in this faith that you have called me to. Help me when temptation causes me to waver and question my faith. Allow me your strength when I am weak. Lead me into victory and show me how I may live to serve you today! In Your name I pray all of these things. -Amen.
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