Devotional: ‘Convictions’

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But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. (Daniel 1:8)

Shortly after Daniel and his friends arrived in Babylon they were chosen to be servants to the king, and to prepare them for their service, they were groomed for a period of three years. Part of their grooming included a special diet, which scripture says was food that came from the king’s table. Though many might see this as a great blessing, the Bible says, “Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king.”Why was Daniel so resistant to eating the king’s food?

Many believe that the king’s food had been dedicated to the service of the Babylonian’s gods; therefore, in Daniel’s mind, to eat this food and to drink this wine would be honoring these false gods. It was for this reason that Daniel and his friends chose to abstain.

Consider carefully what the Apostle Paul writes about the matter of personal convictions:

“…if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong… If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.” (Romans 14:14, 23)

There are some things in scripture that are clearly identified as being sinful. Sexual immorality is sinful, and so is drunkenness, dishonesty and abusive behavior. But then there are other areas where the Bible is not so clear. There are some things that are a matter of our personal convictions. Paul tells us that if we think something is wrong, then it is wrong for us to do it, regardless of what anyone else does or thinks.

The rule of thumb every believer should live by is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Simply put – if we cannot ask God’s blessing upon what we are doing, we should not do it.

God bless you my brethren.

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