Do Not Compromise the Word of God

Daily Devotional

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

It is possible that you may be placed in situations where you feel as if you have no choice but to compromise the word of God. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would have felt that way when they were selected to train for three (3) years to serve in the palace of King Nebuchadnezzar. Given that they were captives from Israel, having the chance to become advisors to the King was a big opportunity for them; it was not something that they could have afforded to ruin. Nevertheless, Daniel would not compromise the word of God. Daniel 1:8 said that “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat”.  Implicit in Exodus 34:15 is that the people of God should not eat things offered to idols and so Daniel was concerned that what the King had offered them to eat may have been meat that was offered to idols. So, he and the other three (3) refused to partake of it although they ran the risk of offending the King. More important to them than offending the King was making sure that they pleased God. Do not compromise the word of God to please anyone else.

God will reward your obedience. There are two things that God did to reward the obedience of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. First, their physical wellbeing was superior to those who ate the King’s meat.  Daniel 1:15 said that their “countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat”. 

Second, they were blessed with great wisdom and God gave Daniel the ability to interpret all visions and dreams. In Daniel 8:17 God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. What this teaches us is that when we compromise on the word of God, we are giving up His blessings, which puts us in a worse position than if we did what His word says.

Life Application: Avoid  compromising  the word of God by ensuring that pleasing God is your primary focus. 

Prayer: Lord, my desire is to please you in all things. Help me to stand firm in your word in the face of punishment and the risk of being ostracized. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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