“Then these men went as a group and found Daniel petitioning and imploring his God.”
Daniel 6:11 (HCSB)
Expected to eat the king’s food, caught up in the midst of the king’s bizarre dreams, threatened with a fiery inferno and thrown into a lair of famished lions, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego found themselves in a new and different world compelling them to make choices between compromise or faithfulness to God, even facing life or death. We’ve read this familiar story time and time again. We know what choices they made. But what about you and me? We too are in a world that’s not our own, faced with situations compelling us to make choices. Where will this world find us in the midst of tough decisions?
When people are looking for answers to the meaning of life and there is no one to provide them with any, where will you be found? Will you be found empty-handed–lacking answers found in God’s Word because you spent too much time filling your heart and mind with worry, doubt, and fear about the circumstances of life? Or will you be empty-handed because you were too busy chasing after the worthless and meaningless things the world has to offer?
When faced with a choice to live according to God’s Word or succumb to political correctness, will you be found compromising the truth for the sake of peace? Will you be found making high-pressured concessions for your loved ones or for the sake of your job?
When those who oppose you, whoever they may be, are hot on your trail, plotting against and trying to silence you because of your stance for Christ, will they find you hiding with a lowered voice? Or will you stop serving God out of fear for what might happen to you? When they try to trap you or find fault with you, where will you be found?
When the world is feeding you a daily portion of its world view full of corruption, subtle lies, and blatant immorality, where will you be found? Will you be found in line with your plate in one hand and fork in the other ready to devour whatever the world offers, growing weaker in your faith with every mouthful?
Because Daniel was found uncompromising at the King’s table, he was also found in the King’s court imparting wisdom from God (Daniel 1:8-16). God blessed him. Because Daniel was found ready with a word from the Lord, He was also found as ruler over the entire province of Babylon. God elevated him. Because Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were found choosing not to bow to an idol, they were also found unharmed by the fiery furnace. God preserved them. Because Daniel was found on his knees before the Lord, he was also found lying peaceably alive and well with the lions in their den. God protected him.
Faithful one, may the world find you uncompromising for His sake, standing boldly with the Lord, seeking and doing the will of God, no matter the cost! For, just as He was with Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, He is right there with you.
By Abigail George