Daniel and Babylon
Is it possible to have faith like Daniel’s in Babylon? He watched 70 years of rulers go by; some good and some very bad – all the while knowing he and his people were in captivity. Sometimes I envision him standing before these kings very calm, stoic, and without a word to defend or condemn unless otherwise asked. He kept his convictions and loyalty to the God of Abraham – letting God Himself, do all the convincing. No matter who was the ruler at the time, he never changed; he never let the culture change who he was and Who he served.
This country may not follow the same culture it was founded with, but I pray I stay strong in Christ no matter what. I don’t wish for persecution, however that may be a possibility for many right here at home. If you’ve been to college, you more than likely have already experienced a taste of it. All around the world right now, Christians are being horrifically murdered for their faith in Jesus Christ. There are countless people God chose not to deliver the same way as He did with Daniel. However, if you’re a believer, you know He did more than just deliver them – He rewarded them with life everlasting. Some have been recorded smiling and saying Jesus’ name as if they were looking right at Him before they were put to death. Jesus met them right there in the midst of their suffering waiting to bring them home.
We have a guarantee of Heaven when we accept Jesus as Lord of our life. Unlike Muslims who have no assurance of life after death, we have the promise and the gift of the Holy Spirit who confirms it in our hearts. There is peace beyond understanding. The Islamists who carry out these murders have no peace. They have no hope. Without Christ, none of us do. They can have hope if they choose it. I know some of them are seeing God’s glory through the obedience of His children, just as the people of Babylon did in Daniel’s time.
Even though it’s hard to see this country go the way of Babylon, I have hope. I have peace knowing that God’s plan WILL be carried out. Each of us has a choice to make at one point or another… the choice to follow Jesus, or the choice to reject Him.
14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15
Be safe. Use wisdom. God bless.