Read:  Daniel 1:1-21

Focus:
But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king.
Daniel 1:8

In 605 BC God finally allows the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to sack Jerusalem as punishment for the generations of sin and rebellion.  The Babylonians take many of the Jews back to Babylon and the king instructs for the best and brightest to be re-educated and trained for service in the king’s government.

Daniel is one of those young men.  Daniel comes along for the ride but refuses to compromise his faith in God and God’s Law.  This is a trait that we see repeatedly in Daniel’s life.

When King Nebuchadnezzar prescribes a diet for the trainees that includes foods that were not prepared according to the law of Moses, Daniel (and a small group of his friends) declines to eat that food and insists on eating vegetables instead.  Everyone expected that he would not be healthy on a diet of just vegetables, but God came through and blessed Daniel for his obedience.

This is not about a vegetarian diet.  This is a story about obedience and God’s faithfulness when we are willing to stand for what is right and what He wants in our lives.  Obedience trumps wisdom, the best political move, common sense, and even expedience.  When you are willing to take a stand for what is right, God has your back.

A great example of this is with the practice of tithing.  I have seen it in my own life and over and over in the stories of others.  It doesn’t make sense to give away the first 10% of what I make.  Fiscally, it doesn’t seem wise.  It’s not politically advantageous, it defies common sense, and isn’t expedient in any way.  But over and over again I see God  faithfully and many times miraculously come through, as we are faithful to obey Him in the practice of tithing.

In what area of your life is God calling you to take a risk and obey Him, in spite of the consequences?  I have heard it said that faith is spelled RISK.  So today, take a step of faith and do what God is calling you to do.  It may seem risky, but God always has your back.

Prayer:
Father God – I choose to obey You today.  Please give me more faith as I exercise the faith I already have in doing the right thing in every area of my life.  Forgive me for where I have compromised and help me to walk in Your ways with great confidence in Your provision and protection.  Thank you Father that the adventure You have called me to is just that… an adventure.  Help me to take the risks and enjoy the ride as I walk with You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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