Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Staying Commited to God

READ Daniel 3:1-18

Daniel was living in a pagan society with values opposed to God’s. Because of his devotion to the Lord and intimacy with Him, Daniel was able to hear divine direction and maintain his spiritual enthusiasm. He was also motivated by an expectation that God was at work.

Facing an uncertain future, Daniel and his friends wisely performed the tasks assigned to them and trusted the Father for their future. (Daniel 1:17-20) The Lord desires followers like them. He seeks people who… one, commit themselves to Him without reservation… two, let the Holy Spirit empower them to take risks… and three, say yes to serving God in unexpected places.

Daniel and his friends also desired to have a strong witness before others. His friends had to choose either to worship an image of gold or be thrown into a blazing furnace. Their strong desire to honor God and give a clear testimony to those watching motivated them to reject idol worship.

When pleasing God is our goal, we’ll find ourselves empowered to follow Him. If our task is unpleasant or too hard, we may falter. Then, God may use pressure to move us along. Daniel did not waver, but Jonah did. The Lord’s relentless pursuit motivated Jonah to turn back toward Him and agree to witness to Ninevah. (Jonah 1:1-12, 3:1-3)

God has called us to be witnesses to those around us as well. He uses the Holy Spirit, people, and circumstances to push us to the place He wants us to go. Ask the Lord to help you be fully committed to Him and to live out that pledge every day.

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