Many years ago after my “desert wandering” in Sacramenta CA, I made a commitment to obey the Lord regardless of the cost. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Like everyone, I’ve made mistakes, but my determination to follow Christ has remained unwavering. When we run into those storms (or those storms run over us) such a commitment and pledge helps us stand firm.
We all encounter times when there’s a direct conflict between God’s way and what is being asked of us. Maybe the boss tells us to misrepresent the company’s product to customers. Or a friend may be pressuring us to join her in some risky behaviour. Or perhaps family members may urge us to participate in an activity that we know is wrong. Saying “no!” could bring loss, rejection, or even the end of a relationship. On the other hand, going along with the request could compromise our Christian witness or break Gods commands (and ultimately sweet fellowship with Him).
The hero of our story today faced such a dilemma. He and his friends had a clear choice – to eat food prohibited by Scripture, or to refuse and incur the king’s wrath, imprisonment, or eaven death. This man showed great courage when he proposed a different eating plan (1:12). His words and actions demonstrated his allegiance to the Lord.
These men were rewarded by God for their faith and commitment (vs 17). Despite their adverse circumstances, all men confidently trusted in the Lord’s sovereign care for them.
Their correct choices resulted in royal favor. Jesus’ obedience led to the cross and glorification. Paul’s trust in Christ resulted in hardship. When we obey, the consequences may vary, but two things remain constant: obedience glorifies our Father and pleases Him. What could be better than that?
Keep on keepin’ on for the glory of Christ .. and ..
Keep Lookin’ UP!
– Donald Cline (Unashamedly Independent, Fundamental, KJV only, Baptist Preacher)