Explore the Bible
July 27, 2014
women’s ministry director
Daniel 1:3-6, 8-9, 11-21
Daniel and his three friends became part of the spoils when the kingdom of Judah was conquered by the Babylonians in Daniel 1. Survival for a prisoner of war might mean blending in, not making waves and certainly not asking for special favors.
But Daniel and his companions displayed a radical faith when they boldly asked for permission to receive vegetables and water in lieu of the royal food and wine provided. Their request was prompted by a desire to keep God’s commands – even at the risk of personal danger. They knew God’s precepts. They carried His Law in their hearts when they were carted off into captivity. God’s Law prompted a radical faith that propelled an unlikely request.
Their request may seem unremarkable to us because we know the end of the story. But when they chose to obey God, they had no idea whether their request would bring accommodation, a beating or worse.
As the story unfolds, their radical faith is rewarded as they reap the blessings that come with obedience.
Daniel 1:17 reveals, “To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.”
Verse 20 reveals the wisdom of Daniel was 10 times greater than that of the king’s other advisors.
Daniel and his companions not only remembered God’s commands, but resolved to respond to those commands in obedience. The result is a timeless truth: Obedience brings blessing. The blessings may be eternal and spiritual in nature, but the true man or woman of God will recognize the prosperity of God’s economy and embrace it. We must know God’s Word and then follow in radical faith to live it out loud.
Daniel’s example of faith offers timeless principles for us today in our journey of faith. His life brings three R’s that should be written on the heart of believers: (1) Remember God’s commands, (2) respond in obedience and (3) reap the blessings.