Daniel 1:8 Going Against The Norm

Cooked meal

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel 1:8 

When being given something, most people will accept it without any questions or problems with it. The reason it is often accepted is that no one wants to offend the giver. They want to be grateful for what they are being given.

Along with not wanting to be ungrateful, they also do not want to go against the norm of society. If everyone is doing it, they feel they should do it also. They do not want to buck the system of what to do or not to do. In this way they will compromise their standards and beliefs.

While Daniel was in exile, he was promoted to being a chief official for the king with some others. They were given the best food and drink of the palace. Daniel chose to not eat the food, because it went against God’s chosen diet for him.

Peer pressure to go with the norm of everyone else is great in this world. People will very quickly compromise their standards to gain something or to gain the favor of someone else.

Many believers will often compromise their standards in the walk with God in order to fit in with society or a group of people. They begin to accept and do things that go against what God has told them not to do, just so they do not stand out and appear as ungrateful or as ‘holier-than-thou’.

However, God has called all believers to be separate from this world. They are to stand out as different, a peculiar people and holy unto God. Doing so will cause one to choose to go against the norm of this world, in order to prevent sinning against God in any way.

Think about the things God has told you to do or not to do. These can be anything written in Scripture or told to you by His Holy Spirit. Are you willing to compromise what God has told you in order to fit in with a certain group of people?

Seek God to give you strength to not compromise and step into sin. There is nothing that is worth the price of sinning against God. Do not allow yourself to give into pressure to compromise your walk with God, just to go with the norm.

I pray today that you will know God’s will for you; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; and that you will not compromise your walk with God. 

Proverbs 25:21-22 Caring For The Enemy

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If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22 

Every person will have at least one enemy. There will always be at least one person who will be an enemy to each person on this earth.

The enemy can be one who is physically fighting, or it can be one who is just verbally fighting against a person. Either method of fighting can inflict great damage to a person.

According to the world, when a person has an enemy, he should strike back as hard as possible, harder than he was struck. One has the right to get revenge upon the enemy. No love or care should be shown, because of the damage the enemy had done.

Solomon states that one should give food and water to the enemy as needed. In doing this one will get a reward from God.

Helping the enemy in his time of need goes against the standard of the world. The world sees that when the enemy is down, then it is the time to strike that much harder and destroy him.

However, since God is love and He wants every one of His followers to show the same love He shows them to others, one should show love to His enemy. Showing love is caring for the person in his time of need.

It is not difficult to provide a little food and water to one in need. This is a live demonstration of God’s great love to the believer, being shown to the enemy.

This can also cause the enemy to realize the error of his ways, maybe causing a change. God will also reward the one who cares for his enemy.

Just like the rest of the world, you will have some enemies. There will be some people who are out to hurt or destroy you. You have a choice as to how you will react to their attacks.

You can be like the world and strike back and hate them. Or you can choose to be like Jesus and show love.

Jesus showed you great love for you when you were His enemy by dying on the cross for you. God is not necessarily asking you to die for your enemy, but to just give them some food and water in their need.

How are you caring for your enemies?

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you and all people; that you will show God’s love to your enemies; that God will guide you in helping out your enemies; and that your care to others will be a demonstration of God’s love to them.

Psalm 111:5 Food Is Provided

Table of food

He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. Psalm 111:5 

One of the things that every person needs on this earth is food. A person cannot live without food for very long. Food is what gives a person the needed nourishment for the body to have the needed energy to accomplish what needs to be done.

When a person does not get enough food, there is a loss of energy and the body becomes susceptible to sickness and disease. There is a large group of people in every nation around the world that is not getting enough food to adequately sustain them in a healthy lifestyle. In some nations, starvation is a common sight to see.

Many organizations provide food to many people, but they cannot provide to every person every where, all the time. There is still a shortage of food.

David points out that God provides food for those who fear Him. God does this because of His covenant, promise with the people.

Physical food is good for the body while living on this earth, but it is temporary and goes away quickly. No matter how much a person eats today, he will need more tomorrow.

God does provide physical food, but He also provides much more. He provided the eternal spiritual food that effects all of eternity. God has given His word for people to devour and live upon. The bible provides what the soul needs to live for eternity. It points a person to Jesus and guides the person in how to live for God.

God is and will be faithful in providing what a person needs. While physical food is good, it is also temporary. Jesus stated that His food was to do the will of God, to live according to His Word.

As you sit and eat physical meals each day, remember to eat of God’s spiritual food. Get into God’s word daily and hide it in your heart. It is in God’s word that you will find salvation in Jesus. It is in God’s word that you will find out how to live for God for all eternity.

Taste of the Lord and see that He is good and will provide all that you need, in this life and in the life to come.

Do not rely upon the food this world can provide, but upon God and His eternal word. Trust His provision for your life.

I pray today that you will know God’s word in your life; that God will provide daily what you need; that you will be sustained by God’s word; and that you will know the words of God that bring eternal life.