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Are We Willing to Please God?

Daniel 1:8

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.

112015 Ray McDonaldSunday – we will preach the final part of a three part sermon series on Discerning the Will of God in an Ever-Changing World.  In that message we will ask the question – What are we willing to do to please God?  I know that might not be your basic question – but it is a real question I think we should wrestle with daily.  In today’s devotional passage – Daniel and his friends were in a tough place.  They were God-fearing young men who wanted to please God – yet they were captured by a foreign nation and placed in their service.  They experienced favor and were in a very good situation – as far as being captive was concerned.

The king gave them the best – because they were the best of the captives.  Daniel 1:5 – The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.

But Daniel and the others decided that they wanted to please God more than anything.  They were willing to displease the king – and possibly be tortured or killed doing so.  Serving God – or pleasing Him – was more important to them than serving the king or themselves.

Daniel 1:8-10 – 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. Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

Daniel and his friends were all about pleasing God so they asked the chief official to test them and see if they didn’t remain strong.  Daniel 1:11-14 – Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

What are we willing to do to please God?  During our daily lives we will have many opportunities to deviate from our commitment to Christ.  Who or what will win out?  Will our desire to please God and to be drawn deeper into His presence (seeking His will for our lives) win out or our desires to please self?  Are we willing to please God above all else?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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January 14, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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