Forsaking All I Trust Him – Day 17July 26, 2011
Then this Daniel was distinguished above the presidents and the satraps because an excellent spirit was in him, and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
As a young man, Daniel’s homeland was overtaken by those who had conquered the land. He was chosen amongst many children to be trained and tutored in the king’s house. Even as a young man in a new world, he held tightly to his religious beliefs and cultural roots. As a result the Lord’s hand rested upon Daniel and he grew in wisdom and favor. But it was Daniel’s character coupled with his giftings that positioned him for greatness even in a foreign land.
Yet, not all of Daniel’s peers and co-workers were excited about Daniel rising to the top. They tried to find fault with him in his character and in his work and they could not. So, they tried to find fault with him in his faith. In their efforts they encouraged the king to establish a law that prohibited praying to any other but the king. But Daniel’s true character and faith was revealed in his darkest hour that brought light to the whole land.
Even though Daniel knew that the new law had been written, he went to pray in an upstairs room in his house, which had windows that opened toward Jerusalem. Three times each day Daniel would kneel down to pray and thank God, just as he always had done.
David, in a defining moment in his life made a decision to “forsake all.” To forsake all that the world had to offer to stay true to his God. He did not back off in the midst of the challenge, although it could cost him his life. He simply committed to trust God in the midst of the trouble. David’s confidence and trust in God did not fail him, as the Lord protected Daniel from the mouth of the lions. (Daniel 6:22)
Ultimately Daniel’s decision not only impacted him, but influenced the world around him.
Then King Darius wrote to all peoples, nations, and languages [in his realm] that dwelt in all the earth: May peace be multiplied to you! I make a decree that in all my royal dominion men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for He is the living God, enduring and steadfast forever, and His kingdom shall not be destroyed and His dominion shall be even to the end [of the world]. He is a Savior and Deliverer, and He works signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth—He Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
We are living in a defining hour. Let us arise in the midst of opposition and become a people who possess the spirit of Daniel. Let us be a people whose decisions define the moment, while influencing the world around us. If we do, then we will be a people willing to “forsake all” because we trust Him.
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