Map of the Babylonian Empire
Image of the City of Babylon
1. Resolve to Follow God in Advance
Daniel and his friends were God-fearing Jews, though they were of Royal lineage.
They had determined in advance that they would follow God and not defile themselves.
Think about it:
In a foreign land - “When in Vegas...”
Given new names and identities (form of brainwashing)
Daniel (God is My Judge) to Belshazzar (Bel will Protect)
Hananiah (God is Gracious) to Shadrach (Inspiration of the Sun)
Mishael (God Is Without Equal) to Meshach (Belonging to Aku)
Azariah (The Lord is My Helper) to Abednego (Servant of Nego) - Nebo = a Babylonian god
Life of Luxury - they were living in the King’s court and had a food allowance of things that most people would not have had.
They were allowed to study rather than being put to forced labor.
Daniel and his friends determined not to violate themselves and break God’s laws.
Have you resolved in your heart to follow God’s commands before temptation comes up?
Don’t wait until you get in the moment to tell yourself that you won’t sin.
Decide in advance not to sin.
2. Resolve to Follow God No matter What the Consequences
Daniel and his friends demonstrated a willingness to follow God’s ways no matter what happened to them, but they would follow God and let the consequences lie wherever God decided they would.
Daniel and his friends followed a vegetarian diet.
This eliminated food that was sacrificed to idols or that had blood in it or that was from an unclean animal.
God blessed the decision more so than the diet.
Some have tried to follow the diet, but that was never the point of the dietary laws in the first place.
God will not always deliver us from the evil intentions of others.
But whether God does or not, is His decision to make.
We are called to leave it with God and obey no matter what, knowing that God is good.
As we enter a new year, what are some resolutions that you have in your walk with God?
Resolutions come from resolves that we have.
Establish some of these resolutions to be in the Word, to pray, to spend time with God’s people, to give, to share your faith.
Make these resolutions in advance and leave the consequences up to God.