As we are in the beginning of another new year there is a thought I would like to share with you about your relationship with Jesus Christ. At Wampee Baptist Church we have been studying the life of Daniel for the last couple of months. As I study Daniels life there is a word that came to mind often about Daniels life, and that word is consistent.
In our word today we have become a people that are very inconsistent. That is why our scales go up-up and then down, and then back up. We save money by our budget one month, but blow it the next month when the new phones come out that we must have no matter the cost. The same holds true to our walk with Christ. We began reading the Word of God daily, only weeks later to fine that we have not touched out Bibles between church services on Sundays.
Being consistent is not an easy thing. It takes discipline over the flesh to live a consistent life. We have to put the cake down and pickup our walking shoes, we must wait to save money for something instead of using a credit card, and it must become our custom to walk daily with the Lord.
Daniel was about to be promoted to second in control under King Darius for doing such a good job, and that made many around him very angry. They looked for ways to find fault in Daniels life in regards to his work ethic but they could not find any. That is when they took his faith in God and used it against him. They talked King Darius into signing a law that for 30 days no one could pray unless it was to the King. Well Darius was a prideful and thought this was a good idea. They lied to him and told him all the governors thought this was a good idea, they wanted him to think even Daniel thought this would be good.
Daniel 6:10, Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with the windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Daniels custom was to pray and serve the Lord, and that was not going to change no matter the law or the consequences for not following it. How could Daniel stand, some may ask, because he had been consistently practicing his faith. This is how you and I mature in our faith, by practicing on consistent bases. It is not a weekly walk or a walk when you have time or a walk when you have a great need, but it is a daily walk with Jesus that grows us to be what He wants us to be.