Do the right thing

We all have them. Those stories you love hearing over and over again. One of the ladies in the nursery at my church said one little girl wants to hear about Daniel in the lion’s den every Sunday. As it is being read, the little girl is whispering the same words to the story. She knows it by heart. Truth from the Word of God can speak to everyone, no matter their age.

I have always loved Daniel. He had the courage to stand on what he believed and did the right thing, regardless of the threat. His life sets an example that I strive to live out on a daily basis.

Daniel’s foes could see God’s blessing upon his life and it made them mad. So they plotted what they hoped would be Daniel’s downfall. They persuaded King Darius to sign in a law that no one could pray to anyone but him for 30 days, or they would be thrown in to the lions.

Daniel knew this, but went home, knelt before his window and prayed to God, as was his lifelong habit. Which is exactly what his enemies counted on.

Last month, in one of the devotionals I read in the morning by Henry and Richard Blackaby, they state: “Daniel faced a very real danger, yet he did not compromise or conceal his loyalty to God. Had Daniel forfeited his daily prayer life to save his own life, his enemies would have devised another trap. Nothing would have been gained if Daniel compromised, and he would have lost the opportunity to prove faithful to God.”

They further said, “Whenever we step out in faith and obedience to God as Daniel did, the Lord has an opportunity to demonstrate His character to a watching world. Always be aware that people around you observe how you respond to a crisis. They will develop much of their understanding of God through the testimony of your life.” (April 3rd)

That’s why Psalm 15 speaks to me. “Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right. They keep their promises even when it hurts. Such people will stand firm forever.” (my paraphrase.)

That my friends is character. Not fearing what mere man can do to you, but trusting in God alone. Being obedient to what you know He has called you to do. To stand firm in your belief and be the light of God to those around you. God will see that in your life and give you the strength and courage to stand up to whatever you will face.

So take heart and do what you know is right.

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For a little fun, here is a clip of a press conference about when Daniel did not get eaten by the lions. Enjoy!

14 thoughts on “Do the right thing

  1. “Daniel faced a very real danger, yet he did not compromise or conceal his loyalty to God.” All of us on WordPress who tell of our love for Jesus, could face persecution, but we continue to share the gospel in our own way. I love that. P.S. I’m studying Daniel starting Sept so your blog is a good Segway. 🙂❤🙂

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  2. A faithful walk with God is always a walk through the lion’s den. “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for [the Lion of the Tribe of Judah] who is in you is greater than [lion] who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

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  3. I totally agree that everyone, regardless of age, is capable of hearing God’s truth. I regularly tell my three-year-old that he has the right to talk to God himself and wait for answers. While he has not reported hearing anything from the Holy Spirit yet, I know that God is faithful and I am waiting for the day that my son hears from him himself.

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