Day 337: Refuse to Compromise (Daniel 1-2; 1 John 2)

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” -Daniel 1:8

Like Daniel, we also have opportunities to defile ourselves: making unhealthy choices for our body, watching movies that aren’t good for our mind and soul, being intimate with someone when we shouldn’t (yet). In short: following the world’s standards instead of God’s will. And I get it, it’s challenging to be consistent in choosing God in everything, every single time. But do you know what we’re doing when we follow the world’s standards in our decision-making? We are sabotaging God’s plan for our lives.

Daniel’s choice to not eat or drink anything from the king’s table was an outward symbol of an inward decision: his decision to follow God. This took faith. Because you see, it wasn’t without risk to refuse the king’s food. Even the chief of eunuchs feared for his life (Daniel 1: 10). But the Lord gave Daniel favor with the chief of eunuchs and blessed Daniel and his friends abundantly: not even did they look better than the ones eating the king’s food, God gave them knowledge, skill and wisdom to the extent that the king even made them high officials in his kingdom. How good is that?!

Would this have happened if Daniel and his friends decided to defile themselves? We don’t know, but the possibility exists that it wouldn’t. Of course, our God is Almighty and He can turn every bad decision we’ve ever made into a blessing with the blink of an eye, but do you really want to take the chance of possibly missing out on the best version of God’s plan for your life? His original plan for you? His plan A? God wants us to show an uncompromising faith, so He can bless us the way He intended to.

In what areas of your life are you still sabotaging God’s plan for your life?

Decide today to give those areas of your life back to God; decide today to work with Him instead of against Him. Remember, we serve a merciful God. It’s not too late to start over! Decide today!

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