Do we compromise our convictions just to go along with the crowd or do we stand up for what we believe? In “Overwhelmed: When Compromise Comes Calling,” we see where Daniel was faced with this dilemma early on in his ministry. Daniel purposed in his heart to follow his convictions and God took care of the rest.
(A Test of Character)
(A Matter of Cost)
The Life of Daniel
In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. The Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the vessels of the house of God; and he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and he brought the vessels into the treasury of his god.
Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, the chief of his officials, to bring in some of the sons of Israel, including some of the royal family and of the nobles, youths in whom was no defect, who were good-looking, showing intelligence in every branch of wisdom, endowed with understanding and discerning knowledge, and who had ability for serving in the king’s court; and he ordered him to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.
The king appointed for them a daily ration from the king’s choice food and from the wine which he drank, and appointed that they should be educated three years, at the end of which they were to enter the king’s personal service. Now among them from the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. Then the commander of the officials assigned new names to them; and to Daniel he assigned the name Belteshazzar, to Hananiah Shadrach, to Mishael Meshach and to Azariah Abed-nego.
“You shall have no other gods before Me.”
Exodus 20:3 NASB
3 Questions concerning Compromise
1) (Does this defile my conscience)?
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; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.
In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.
Acts 24:16 NASB
2) (Does this deny my convictions)?
A Belief (exists in my head)
A Conviction (excites my heart)
3) (Does this defy God’s commandments)?
Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials…
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NASB
The king talked with them, and out of them all not one was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s personal service.
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