Bible Ballistics: BBs #83 Living On Purpose??
When my children were small and were found doing something wrong their initial response was often, “I did it on accident”!! It was hard to accept the responsibility of their wrong actions. We adults often have the same attitude about our wrong actions—we want to avoid the consequence of our choices. Let’s look at a young man from whom we can learn a great deal about choices. Daniel was caught—doing right ‘on purpose’.
Although Daniel was a captive in Babylon, he determined to do right even there. He chose to be right with His God regardless of his environment.
Daniel 1:8, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
Daniel committed to godliness, even though he was in a pagan environment. He treasured his relationship with his God and made up his mind to live right before His God—no matter who else was watching. A teenage young man with courage beyond his years, a confidence in his God to match, and a respect and submission to the authority over him, that we can learn from today. It’s a call to living godly, and honorably even in an idolatrous pagan culture. (See Romans 13:1-7)
What was God’s response to these four young men?
Daniel 1:9, 19-20 “Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs…… 19 And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. 20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm..”
So? Here’s our shot for today? Let’s determine/purpose:
To live godly in a wicked and idolatrous culture.
To render unto “Caesar that which is Caesar’s”.
To have a heart of respect toward those with whom we disagree.
To have respect for the office they hold–not approval of their actions.
May we live so honorably that others can say of us what they said of Daniel in his latter years:
“Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. 5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” Daniel 6:4-5