Written by: His Lordship Bishop Andres Quow OM
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
That shadows a dry, thirsty land
He hideth my life in the depths of his love
And covers me there with his hand
And covers me there with his hand.
It is indeed a Blessing to know that Jesus is a wonderful Saviour. Grace and Peace to all my Elders, readers and followers.
You would be surprised how many problems you could stop if you would have the courage to make an individual decision and purpose in your heart not to defile yourself. You don’t know who may be watching you, to see if you as a Christian are going to crumble under the pressure.
When you stand under that pressure you may give a multitude of courage to stand under that pressure too.
Beloved! Daniel was an unusual man. He had hard convictions, strong convictions. But he handles those convictions in a very humble way. Daniel 1:8 says ‘’But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself’’. Do you see the humility there in Daniel? Do you see what a loving attitude Daniel had? I want to say something I hope will be helpful to us. It is important that we must be very careful that we are loving, humble and gracious when we stand in our convictions. There is a tendency on the part of people who have strong convictions to become hard and rude in the way they hold those convictions. There are some Christians who turn people off the Christian Faith and to the standards of living for the Lord by the way in which they hold their convictions. You can be sweet and kind and loving in the way you hold your convictions.
Look, in Babylon, if a man dared to defy the king he would have his life to pay. There is a price to pay when you decide to say no to this old world and yes to Jesus. There are times when you make decisions that come from your heart that you have to pay the consequences. Young people, let me say this to you and I’m not saying this is generally true. But you might get a lower grade in class because you refused to go along. That has happened on occasion.
You may not be invited to be included in that group if you take your stand for Jesus. You may not get a promotion on your job if you take a stand for the Lord. Be not conformed to this world, my Beloved!!
There were solid scriptural spiritual reasons why Daniel made the choice that he did. It may be the way the food was prepared. In those days the Jewish people were specifically instructed how they were to prepare the food. Or, it may have been that these foods were included on the Leviticus 11 of foods that were defiled and not to be eaten by the Jewish people.
That may have been the reason. But I personally believe that the reason why Daniel knew it would defile him to eat that food was this. In Babylon every time they drank the wine they offered that drink as a toast to their god. Every time they ate their meal, a piece of meat, they offered that piece of meat in worship and in praise of the evil god. So you see, it indicated a sacrifice of spiritual conviction. It indicated a bowing down to a god who was a pagan god on the part of Daniel. Daniel just made up his mind that he would do in his heart what he knew God wanted him to do in his heart.
I believe there was a time every day when Daniel went over the word of God and meditated on the truth of God. A quiet time when he studied God’s word. It was a reservoir of spiritual truths that he was able to draw the convictions that enabled him to make the right decision when the crisis time came. The Bible does not always give specific commands concerning all of the issues you will face in life. When the decisions in your life come up you may not have a specific statement in the Bible that will give you a clear statement. Reading the word of God is very important. It is important to just keep on hiding God’s word in your heart. You are storing in the reservoir of your heart the raw materials from which you can construct the convictions that will enable you to make the right decision at the right time.
You just keep packing that word of God in your heart. From that word will be principles that will emerge and give you spiritual, scriptural guidance when decision time comes in your life. So Daniel made an individual decision. Daniel decided to say no. Everybody was going to eat the king’s meat. Daniel said, Not Me!
Everybody was going to sip on the king’s wine, but Daniel said I ain’t gonna do it…..
Daniel had the courage to say no. That may be the hardest word in the English language for you to say. I challenge you to say it even if you are in a difficult spot.
I pray that we all will make the right decision even in the face of adversity. Remember the choices we make determine the destiny that we’ll have. The Choices we make determine whether or not we’ll have God’s favour, God’s success, God’s blessings and God’s power. They’ll be hard to make, they’ll be difficult to make, but we can never lose by choosing Christ.
May the Grace of God be with you, both now and forever.