There is an account of a young man in the old testament who’s name is Daniel.
When most of us hear or think of him, we might immediately think of ‘Daniel and the…lion’s den’. We might consider how his faith in God gave him the courage to endure the changes that were forced upon him. If you read the first seven verses of Daniel chapter 1, you’ll find that:
- He was ushered into a new environment
- He was given a new name. This was done to sort of brainwash him so that he would not remember his Godly heritage.
- Although he was well schooled in various aspects of life, he was forced to learn a whole new set of rules and obey the law of the land.
Daniel withstood opposition to his faith. In fact, in Daniel chapter 1 verse 8, it states that he purposed in his heart that he would not defile his conscience by consuming of the various types of food, such as meat, that the king set out for he and his friends to eat.
Although it may appear that the issue here is food, I think it’s important to take note of the bigger picture. What did Daniel do when he faced temptation? No doubt, the bacon smelled good. The ham looked good. Yet, he stuck to his vegetarian and water diet that he asked for as we read in verse 12.
Again, Daniel 1:8 says “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
You and I might think – what’s the big deal with Daniel, man? Not eating the food. Not drinking the fine wine. It’s just food! He should have just ate it and enjoyed the luxurious lifestyle that the king had afforded him.
Daniel teaches us that as he was faithful to God in the small things of life, God was faithful to him during the biggest challenges of his life. God spared him in the lion’s den and his testimony would go on to show the unbelieving king who the real King is.
So, what do you and I do when our environment changes? When things don’t go as planned? How do we react to life when nothing is going as it should? What do we do in the face of temptation? Do we falter and give up in our Christian walk because the deck is stacked too high against us?
Daniel knew, he resolved within himself, he made up his mind, he made a commitment to his God, the true and living God, that no matter how trivial it may have seemed and no matter how difficult it may have been for him, he would not give into the temptation that was before him. He would honor God.
So, you and I must have the same heart that young Daniel had. We need to have resolve. We need to be convinced in our own mind that we will continue to serve and honor God, no matter how trivial the task before us may seem. We need to continue in our prayer time with the Lord and the reading of the Bible. These are the things that help you and I when life is opposing us from every angle. As we are faithful in doing the everyday mundane things of life, God will be faithful in everyday challenges of life.
Devotional contributor: Samuel Chavez