Wednesday, August 17, 2016
“But the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” Daniel 11:32
Daniel was a young man living in exile. Nothing in that land was familiar to him. The food, the language, the culture, the people, the laws and the rules, the religious practices and the customs of Babylon were all different from those in his home land of Jerusalem.
Externally, everything in Daniel’s life had changed, yet his relationship with Jehovah God did not change. His relationship with his Creator and Sovereign Lord was not affected because it was not dependent on external factors such as location, customs and practices.
Daniel knew his God. He was steadfast and immovable in his devotion and love towards God because he fellowshipped and related intimately with his God. This knowledge of God caused Daniel to stand firm and live holy in a sinful land filled with idolatrous practices that incurred the wrath of God.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, also had a deep knowledge of their God and they were able to stand in the midst of corruption and other defilement. Their knowledge of their God was stronger than what they were experiencing in Babylon.
How well do you know your God? Does your knowledge of Him enable you to stand in righteousness and holiness among those who would cause you to behave and act in a manner that would displease your God? Do you have the confidence and courage to live differently among your friends and family so that they would know Jesus Christ?
My friend, your God has given you the power of His Holy Spirit to be able to do exploits for Him every day of your life. The choice is yours. You can choose to become like the rest or you can stand out and stand up for Jesus. What will it be?
Father, I pray for the discipline to study Your Word so that I can know You more. Lord, help me as I pursue a life lived with the knowledge of You in a deeper, more intimate way. Amen.