Daniel 6:1-28 / 2 Peter 3:1-18 / Psalms 119:129-152 / Proverbs 28:21-22
“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And, in his upper room with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.”
The pressure to conform to the new religious mandate set in Babylon must have been overwhelming especially considering that disobeying it would result in death. Daniel didn’t allow fear of man to alter his behavior what-so-ever. He determined that no matter what, his feet were firmly planted and his heart was set like flint. His main concern was to obey the Lord and trust that He would take care of the rest.
Today, the pull of our culture is strong. There is great pressure to join in, conform and tolerate things that stand in direct opposition to God and His ways. If we are unclear on God’s truth and the things that He calls us to do it will be all the more easy to fall into cultural mixture and compromise.
God wants us to be very clear regarding Himself – He wants us to grow in wisdom and understanding of His ways because He has our very best interest at heart. No matter what our CRAZY culture tells us is right, or acceptable, we must choose to stand firm on the TRUTH of our LIVING GOD! We must set our hearts like flint, looking to our Heavenly Father to lead us and guide us.