20 Jan Daniel’s Determination (Part 3)
Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) January 20, 2020 By Tunde Olugboji Vol 20:03
Two weeks ago, we started a series on Daniel. This week, we will discuss how Daniel maintained a pulsating faith in the living God despite residing and working in an ungodly culture and in the midst of unbelievers.
As believers we are often quick to find reasons why we are not where should be in our relationship with God. And one ready excuse is our environment. My flat mates are unruly and loud; things are so sensitive at my place of work I’ve got to be extremely careful when talking about my faith; I am not comfortable with the people around me, they are probably haters, so I’ll just keep my head down and quietly do my thing with God.
But even in Babylon, a place of decadence and debauchery, where idols and idolatry are plentiful, Daniel wasn’t shy to do his God thing; he wasn’t constrained by the constrictions of captivity, he was proud to be identified as a believer. And despite being a staunch believer, isn’t it instructive that Daniel was eventually appointed chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners (Dan 5:11). He was in charge of all these men (Dan 2:48), which looks like they were not just his peers, but his subordinates who may have being his direct reports.
Such appointment could have derailed him completely, it could have turned him away from God. The point here being that an inconducive environment wasn’t enough to keep him away from a conquering God, a toxic atmosphere didn’t stop him from attending to the things of God. Imagine you being in Daniel’s shoes, you probably would have suspended your relationship with God and convinced yourself that God will surely understand.
This reminds me of an acquaintance a while ago who lost his job and was in a place of what I would describe as “faith confusion.” Being fired from your job could take a massive emotional toll on your psyche. It may mean losing your home, your car, and if the devil has his way, your mind. No doubt it was a grueling time for this person, who eventually came to a decision most of us would associate with: to dial down his involvement in church activities and events until he got a new job, not knowing that it was at such a testy time that he should even do more in the house of God and taste him to see for himself that God is good (Psa 34:8).
In Daniel’s situation, did these magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners share Daniel’s faith in God? Definitely not. They derived their power from other sources and were entangled in rituals that were forbidden by God (Lev 19:26). Yet, Daniel wasn’t distracted.
The question for us this week is, what does it take to live single-mindedly for God even in a godless environment? What can separate you from God’s love? (Rom 8:38-39) From the time Daniel arrived in Babylon, he faced intense pressure to be indoctrinated into the Babylonian culture. Despite all the brainwashing, Daniel and his three friends stayed true to the faith of their fathers, residing, working and even thriving in that evil culture without letting it undermine their relationship with God.
Are you able to learn a thing or two from Daniel’s doggedness this week?
Have a great week.