Published on October 21st, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
How Strong Are Our Convictions?
Daniel 6:10, Dr. Jed N. Snyder, Pastor
It is likely that we will not know how strong our convictions are until they are challenged by some significant matter. In the Bible the prophet Daniel is described as habitually praying facing Jerusalem with his window open. All who observed him could see this habit.
Daniel was such an honorable, trustworthy, capable administrator in the ancient Babylonian Empire, that he was about to be promoted to a position just under the emperor. Other administrators became jealous of Daniel. They deceived the emperor into signing an unalterable decree that no one should make request of any god or other high being excepting the emperor himself. Here is a verse that describes Daniel’s response.
“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” Daniel 6:10 (ESV)
This brave action, this strong conviction can motivate us to take an inward look. Do I have this kind of strong, righteous convictions? Will they hold under pressure?
Daniel was put in a den of hungry lions as a result of his convictions. He watched God keep those furious beasts from harming Daniel. God sent His angels to keep the lions mouths closed.
While we may not be influential like Daniel, we will be challenged about our righteous convictions. Do we believe that Jesus Christ died for all people because all have sinned? Do we seek to help others trust Him as their Lord and Savior? Do we live such good lives that others can not help but see our good deeds?
We will be honored by God if we stick with our righteous convictions. How happy we will be.