Thursday, December 04, 2008

Dare to be a Daniel

Standing by a purpose true, heading God's command
Honor them the faithful few all shout for Daniel's band
Dare to be a Daniel
Dare to stand alone
Dare to have a purpose true
Dare to make it known

I've been reading Daniel recently in my devotions, and I must say that I was struck at how Daniel stood up for what he believed in, even when it seemed like the whole world was working against him.  So often as we walk through life we take the easy road out.  "Just go with the flow," is a saying often repeated.   

I have also been reading in the Great Controversy, and it brought to my mind how strong some of the early reformers were.  Under great persecution, in the flames of the stake, they still would not back down, but would proclaim the strait truths of the Bible.  

We have it easy here in the western world.  We have no death sentences against those who read the Bible, but what happens when they do come?  Will we stand strong like the reformers?  Will we "dare to be a Daniel"?

"For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us; If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot deny Himself" -- 2 Tim 2:11-13


Little Christen said...

I love the last part of that verse especially. Though our choices determine our character and our eternal destiny, God's actions reveal his character that stands firm and never changes. (Hopefully that makes does in my mind.)

Jan Robert (Robby) Heiberg said...

Thanks for the post Martina, and the challange!

Chopsticks on Oboe said...

Christen: Absolutely. I re-found that verse in my Bible last week at church, and it really made me think. I love how God is always the same "yesterday, today, and forever"

Cheris Anne said...

Great reminder Tee! Thanks! We always need to be sure of what we believe and be able to stand strong and firm with the help of the Lord.

Kelsey said...

Perhaps not easier in the western world, just more subtle. Satan tempts us to think that it is a non-issue.

We do need to stand strong! Thanks for the reminder!

It's good to hear from you Martina! Love you!

barry said...

I agree with Kelsey. I also think there will be many unexpected heroes and suprising failures both within and outside the Adventist faith

shama said...

I love the song "Dare to Be a Daniel". What awesome role models we have in the bible!

Caitlin said...

Thanks Martina!
I needed to hear this :)
I will keep this in my heart as I leave for Brazil.

I hope that you are enjoying your time in Ethiopia!

Miss you lots!