Honor: Doing What is Right
When faced with a new King over Judah, Daniel and his friends had to make some tough decisions. The new King Nebuchadnezzar had one goal in mind; to blot out the ways of the Israelites and replace it with the ways of the Babylonians. He planned to accomplish this by taking the next generation of leaders (the youth) and teaching them Chaldean language and literature for 3 years. Realizing there would be some resistance, he appealed to their human desires and also appointed them a daily ration of the king’s choice and wine during this time.
Daniel 1:8 says, “But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank.” To eat and drink the King’s food and wine, would have gone against the Word of God. To defile themselves would be to pollute, poison, corrupt, taint, tarnish, infect, destroy, ruin.
The enemy is seeking to pollute, infect, destroy your relationship with Christ by whatever means necessary. If you make up your mind to not go against the Word of God and to honor Him with our obedience, He will give us the strength to resist the enemy and his schemes.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.” Psalm 28:7
Pastor Emily Christenson