God Honours Obedience

Those who honour me I will honour” (1 Samuel 2:30 NIV)

There’s no denying that we’re meant to be of constant character in Christ, but what exactly does that look like in human form? Daniel was a man of constant character. Read over Daniel 6 for the full story.  Bypassing the Bible readings doesn’t do you any good by the way.  Here’s how it was. King Darius was pleased to appoint Daniel as an administrator over the kingdom; he was one of three.  Darius even considered giving Daniel charge over the whole country because his character was such a credit to him. The other administrators and satraps were far from happy about this. Jealousy got the better of them, so they tried to find fault with Daniel. But, as Daniel 6:4 (NKJV) puts it, “they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him”. How many of us can say the same? If we’re being honest most Christians tend to be constantly inconsistent.

Ask yourself?

Is your character a credit to you?  More importantly, is your character a credit to God?

The story continues; a degree was issued with the hope of tripping Daniel up. Under the new law for the next month no-one was allowed to pray to anyone but king Darius, that included the King of kings. If anyone dared disobey and pray to anyone other than the king they would be thrown into the den of lions. These men were incredibly cunning. They knew that Daniel would continue to pray to his God three times a day despite the degree, so they tried twisting it to bring him down. You can clearly see that this really did call for Daniel’s character to remain constant.

Things aren’t so different today. People still try and trip us up. If you try and live all out for Jesus, don’t be surprised when someone tries to bring you down. What’s the first thing you do when someone targets you? Do what Daniel did. “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before” (Daniel 6:10 NKJV). Go about your business as usual. Don’t do anything any different. Keep a constant character.

Think upon these things…

Just like Daniel, don’t act any different when life gets hard!  Don’t change your conduct or your character.

I could tell you one story after another about God’s people trying to bring me down because of back-biting and jealousy, but I’m not even going to start. The point is that when you’re attacked you have to stand firm. Make them wonder why you aren’t retaliating. Let’s continue with the story. When the satraps found Daniel in prayer, asking God for help, they brought the case to the king. To cut a long story short Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, but he lived! Little did they know that he was safe in the care of the King. God honoured his obedience. He will do the same for you, if you offer it to Him. Keep your side of the bargain and God will keep His. As His character is ever constant He will always come to your rescue.

Ask yourself?

Will you offer Him your obedience?  If you do He’ll honour it.  In what ways can you honour God today?  Be specific!

Heart-cry…

Father I thank You that I’m safe in your loving care. When I live for You You promise never to let me down.  Remind me when I’m struggling to keep my character Christian that You’ll honour my obedience.

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