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Zealous for Obedience

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself in this way.  Daniel 1:8 NIV

zealous for obedienceOnce in my life, I experienced real need and had to choose to become dependent on a specific source of food that could help.

In my heart, I felt it was wrong to go that way, but it seemed almost impossible to eat without the help. Inevitably, I cut back on the food I ate and fasted more often. By doing so, I felt better and drew closer to God.

We all want to be more faithful in our walk with God, but we may not always consider what that means.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God. We must believe He exists and will reward those who diligently seek Him. Daniel knew what that meant. He lived in the courts of the king of Babylon but chose not to defile himself with the king’s food. Instead, he obeyed God’s dietary laws for the nation of Israel and honored God with His choices.

As a result, God gave Daniel and his friends—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. He also gave Daniel the ability to interpret dreams and solve complex problems.

Sometimes, we find ourselves in difficult situations where we don’t know how to honor God without sacrificing something that may seem beneficial. At the same time, this thing is sinful or morally compromising. We may worry or fret over how our obedience will pan out.

Rest assured. God is faithful and rewards those who obey Him. The reward may not come as we expect or in the way we thought was right. Yet, God rewards those who follow Him and keep His commandments. We may be surprised at how God rewards our obedience. Don’t be afraid or discouraged. Rather, be zealous for the fear of the Lord.

What are some ways you can be zealous to obey God?

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Jordan Zuniga

Jordan Zuniga is an emerging Christian poet, devotional writer, and fiction writer. He has multiple pieces published by Christian Devotions, Calla Press, Agape Review, and other publications. He is actively seeking representation from a literary agent. If you enjoy his work on Christian Devotions and would like to support his efforts, please follow him on Instagram @cccreativewriter.