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Daniel was resolved...

Daniel was resolved not to defile himself. (Daniel 1:8)


Daniel and his companions found themselves in exile with a religious and moral quandary before them: do they defile themselves by accepting food and drink that was offered to pagan gods? Or do they face punishment and death at the hands of a foreign king?

While the story is ancient, the situation of being at a religious or moral fork in the road is familiar to us. Often, the road we should take is the one less traveled, for the Christian life can put us at odds with the values of the society we live in. Do we continue to trust in God, even when hope fades and walls crash around us? Or do we compromise, just a little, in the hopes of saving our reputation or out of a desire not to rock the boat?

While we may not face a life-and-death decision like Daniel, we do make decisions every day that affect our relationship with God and our moral fiber. For example, a businesswoman may choose a course that increases profits but hurts her employees. A lawyer may be tasked with defending a law he doesn’t believe in or a client he knows is guilty. A high school student knows that standing up for her faith could be social suicide.

We often know the right thing to do, but we just need the courage to do it. When you feel compromised, try slowing down and seeking out God’s presence. Turn to him in the silence of prayer, in the counsel of someone trustworthy and wise. Try repeating encouraging Scripture verses such as: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Speak candidly about your weaknesses to the Father who created you and loves you. Ask for his strength to help you take that step in the right direction. God himself will come with his angels to support you and help you stay on the path of righteousness.

“Lord, I pray for your wisdom, clarity, and courage. Be my strength, and guide me on the way of life.”

(Psalm) Daniel 3:52-56; Luke 21:1-4



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