Proverbs 16:7 – When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Obedience. It sounds so mundane, even average. Like coloring outside the lines, we have such strong desires to go where we think others dare not tread. Rather than a limitation, fearing God is in fact the beginning of an extraordinary life.
Daniel and his companions in Babylon are great examples of how obedience leads to godliness and godliness to greatness. Instead of submitting to the favors and whims of the royal court of their captors, Daniel and his fellows resisted quietly. They needed not make a show of their obedience.
From the first meals of beans to the fiery furnace to the lions’ den, each trial demonstrated how they resisted the temptations of the world. As a result of their faithfulness to God rather than men, they were delivered (Daniel 1:1-21; 3:1-30; 6:1-28). In each case, even though it was the kings’ decrees that caused the situation, the same kings awaited anxious for these men to be delivered. Why? Because the obedience of a godly man makes him extraordinary.
Seeking God may not make you popular,but more often than not, the child of God lives in peace. And why not? A truly faithful Christian is more trustworthy, honorable and industrious. They are more faithful, kind and merciful. In fact, the apostle teaches us that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23).
In the end, even if we are not miraculously delivered from to fire or the lion, we still know that where God is honored, goodness reigns. We need not fear even death, because it is merely a window, a door, to heavenly places. Peter put it well, when he wrote, “Who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye : and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. (1 Peter 3:13-16). Rejoice in the Lord and stand amazed at what occurs.