LOYALTY IS A SWEET AROMA to spread the Fragrance of Christ. Today’s stories are about four brave young men whose lives were a great example of what it means to be LOYAL. We find their story in the book of Daniel.
Daniel and his three friends were teenagers when they were taken captive from Israel to Babylon. From the beginning they decided to be faithful to God and not defile themselves with pagan practices.
Daniel served under four kings: Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius and Cyrus. Under King Darius his loyalty to God was tested to the max and he ended up spending the night with lions. His coworkers were so envious of him that they devised an evil plan. They had seen Daniel’s loyalty to his God, so they thought their plan to have him thrown to the lions would work.
Read Daniel 6 and go to story #52 in The Treasure Club.
But these governors knew nothing about the power of Daniel’s God. The God whom Daniel continually served delivered him from the lions!
Two powerful results:
- The envious governors ran the fate they had devised for Daniel. Not only these hateful men but also their families. See Daniel 6:24.
- The king issued an edict that all peoples honor the God of Daniel. Daniel 6:25-27
God is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. He is powerful to work similarly in our lives when we serve him. The loyalty of this faithful servant never ceases to amaze me. The king himself expressed Daniel’s faithfulness. “Your God, whom you serve continually.”
May the Lord help us to be servants like Daniel, that even the President of our country would declare our loyalty.
See Daniel 2:48,49; 5:11,12,14,29; 6:3,16,23,28.
The other LOYALTY story is about Daniel’s three friends, who were not afraid of being thrown into a blazing furnace of fire. Obedient to God’s commandment of not making images or worshiping them, they refused to bow to the golden statue King Nebuchadnezzar had made.
Read this powerful account in Daniel 3 and go to story #53.
In the fiery furnace Jesus was with them. The courageous decision of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to be faithful to the Lord resulted in King Nebuchadnezzar’s decree that everyone honor the God of these three friends, just as King Darius issued a decree when Daniel was adamant in obeying God. See Daniel 3:28,29.
What a great testimony the actions of these young men were! Their lives were a prime example of LOYALTY. May God help us to be as faithful and loyal as they were!
Let’s pray for our children, that they be faithful to the Lord amid these times of great uncertainty. School is starting up after the summer. Some will meet in the classrooms; others will study at home. Teachers and parents need our prayers.
Let us all be loyal to our God, amid the pandemic, whatever happens. And let us trust that the Lord will work in us and for us. far more abundantly than all we ask or think.