Bible Ballistics: BBs #523 What’s Defiling Me???
We live in a quickly changing world, and for the most part, the changes aren’t good; and for believers, Jesus followers, it is becoming more and more challenging to “stand fast in the evil day”! I’d like to share just a few things this morning to remind us to “stand fast”—to hold on—to be a reflection of God’s glory to this lost and dying world. We’re not the first ones to face difficulty and we won’t be the last—but let’s look at two contrasting accounts.
purposed in his heart
that he would not defile
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 1:8
Briefly put, Daniel was in captivity to the Babylonians and was in a situation where he had to choose faithfulness to his God or compromise of his convictions in a pagan environment. Yet even in his dilemma, Daniel not only chose God’s way, but he responded with respect and decorum in seeking a way to remain faithful to his God. Understand that Daniel had most likely already been physically ‘defiled’, yet he chose to “not defile himself”, and God honored his commitment to integrity!
“And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them,
he found them ten times better
than all the magicians
that were in all his realm.
21 And Daniel continued
even unto the first year of king Cyrus.” Daniel 1:20-21
God provided for Daniel and his friends—a way around their dilemma, and made them stand out in a pagan world as men of excellence, all because they chose to “not defile” themselves! What are we choosing to compromise in our lives? Will we choose to be like Daniel or will we wind up like Lot?
Lot was a man who was following God, yet he chose to place “himself” in a wicked and depraved environment and took no stand for God—even though he didn’t participate in their sin, he took no visible stand against it until it was too late. We must make choices every day, but we must remember that for every choice that we’re free to make, there is an equal and opposite consequence which we are not free to choose!
When the time of judgment came to Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot had no credibility to his family. All but his two daughters perished in the judgment of God, because Lot had failed to choose wisely!
“And Lot went out,
and spake unto his sons in law,
which married his daughters,
get you out of this place;
for the LORD will destroy this city.
But he seemed as one that mocked
unto his sons in law.” Genesis 19:14
God gives the closing commentaries on Lot, what will God say about our choices? What will our loved ones face because we didn’t’ “stand fast in the evil day”?
“And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah
condemned them with an overthrow,
making them an ensample
unto those that after
should live ungodly;
7 And delivered just Lot,
vexed with the filthy conversation
of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man
dwelling among them,
in seeing and hearing,
vexed his righteous soul
from day to day
with their unlawful deeds;)
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver
the godly out of temptations,
and to reserve the unjust
unto the day of judgment
to be punished:” 2 Peter 2:6-9
I pray that this will be food-for-thought, and that we will all examine our lives in light of God’s Word to see if we are defiling ourselves with “the filthy conversation of the wicked”. Our life choices have a more far-reaching effect than we realize. May we be found faithful before our God as well as the world around us? What’s defiling you and me? Let’s seek God’s ways not man’s! Amen and Amen!
“Woe unto them that call evil good,
and good evil;
that put darkness for light,
and light for darkness;
that put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe unto them that are wise
in their own eyes,
and prudent in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21