“Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” Daniel 1:12-13
Daniel was in a difficult situation in Babylon. He was far from home and surrounded by many different customs. Eventually, he was asked to do something he simply could not do. The stakes are high. If he ate the food, he would defile himself before God. It could be costly to the people around him if he didn’t. But Daniel sought out a gracious way forward. Recognizing his overseer’s position, he came up with a solution satisfactory for everyone.
How Daniel handled this high-stake situation is helpful as we relate with those around us. Watch this video clip as Pastor Jeff Manion discusses HOW you draw a line is just as important THAT you draw a line. It’s possible to draw the correct line about something but to do it in an arrogant, prideful, angry, judgmental or generally unhelpful way.
We all have opportunities to show the grace of Jesus to those in our lives. We can be respectful, honorable and polite in conversations at work, at home or online. Our words not only point others to the truth of Jesus but also shows them the love and grace of Jesus as we do. May our gracious God give us the words and wisdom to do this well.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Our 2022 Bible Memory Practice verse for this month is Micah 6:8. If you have already committed it to memory, repeat it to yourself a couple of times today. If you have not committed it to memory yet, start now. Use it as a reminder about how we can reflect the character and heart of God.
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
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