In the Bible, we read the story of Daniel which is a testament and a lesson of uncompromising faith in God. It teaches us that no matter how adverse a situation maybe against us, we should never compromise our faith nor abandon our commitment in God in order to fit the circumstances of the moment.
Daniel was a man who was brought from Jerusalem to Babylon as a war prisoner. But God was with him and gave him wisdom, prudence and favor in the eyes of king Darius of Persia. And Daniel was promoted to positions of authority in the kingdom. But his colleagues envied him because they knew that God was with him, and they wanted to stop his progress by devising a plan of lies and deception. But Daniel was a man with strong faith in the Lord God. Three times a day he prayed and gave thanksgiving to the Living God whom he loved.
When Darius issued a decree forbidding prayer, Daniel wouldn’t stop praying despite the severity of the penalty (to be thrown into the den of lions); because he loved the Lord and had faith that God would deliver him. As a result of his faith and commitment, here is what happened: 1. God didn’t allow the lions to harm him (Daniel 6:22); 2. God avenged him from his enemies. The king ordered they be thrown into the den of lions (Daniel 6:24); 3. Daniel prospered during the reign of king Darius and king Syrus (Daniel 6:28).
If you are a man or woman who believes in the Lord Jesus, don’t compromise your faith by bending your commitment to God and His commandments in order to “fit” or be “cool” amongst those you associate who may not share the same faith in the Lord as you do. Don’t be embarrassed to confess the Lord. Don’t be afraid that you might make people uncomfortable by mentioning His name. Be steadfast in Jesus and don’t deny Him before people. In Matthew 10:33 we read: “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven”.
But if you continue being steadfast in your faith in the Lord, He will prospered you too, just as He did with Daniel.
By Gregory Doublas
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