January 29 Standing in Faith

Scripture Reading: Daniel 6

Key Verse: Hebrews 11:33

Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.

A plot was afoot. Some political advisers decided it was time to put a negative spin on the efforts of one of the chief officials, to make sure he was put in the bad graces of the executive in chief. Their plan worked. The official’s loyalties were cast into question, and it wasn’t long before he paid the price.

That sounds as if it could be part of a plot for a modern novel, but it’s really a very old story about how Daniel came to be in the lions’ den. Daniel took a stand of obedience by refusing to pray to anyone besides the Lord God, and his decision ran in the face of the new law that demanded worship of King Darius alone for thirty days.

Taking a stand in faith very often entails negative consequences, at least from an earthly perspective. Those who do not honor God as Lord are usually angered by those who do, and radical displays of humble reliance on Him can incense them even more.

If you have ever been the victim of harassment by peers, “friends,” coworkers, or supervisors as a result of sticking by a scriptural conviction, then you understand a little of what Daniel felt. You have probably not experienced retribution this dire in your own life, but the principle is the same. God will turn negative response into something for His glory. God shut the mouths of the lions, and He can silence your detractors as well.

I take my stand, Lord! I honor You as Lord of my life. I rely on You to turn the negative to positive in every area of my life. You plead my cause. I rest my case with You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 30). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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