|Today’s Scripture: Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:2-3|
|What are you aiming for today? We all start out the day thinking about something before our feet hit the ground. Perhaps you were thinking about that new gadget you want to buy or that position at work you want to gain. This life is full of distractions and is constantly nudging us to place ourselves in the best possible position.
In today’s world, everyone is trying to get ahead. It is essential to get the best house, the best car, to try our best to look like the celebrities on TV. Honestly, this world has manufactured a never-ending race to gain what we cannot truly keep. Most of our lives consist of nothing more than a futile attempt to find happiness in all the wrong ways. The truth is that striving to do what is seemingly best for us often ends up keeping us from God’s greatest rewards for us. Although they were barely old enough to be considered teenagers, Daniel, Hananiah, Misheal, and Azariah knew this to be true.
Placed in a position where they could have gained wealth, power, and fame, these four boys chose to give up what they couldn’t keep to gain what they could never lose. Instead of thinking of what was best for them, they thought of what would be most pleasing to God. A lot of people would have done whatever they were told so that they could gain favor and get ahead. Their lives and career positions could have been wonderful.
I don’t know that many people that would be willing to turn down the king’s finest food and request only vegetables! Yet these wise young men did just that so that they could obey the dietary restrictions that God had commanded. Against all the temptations, they refused to conform to the diet, religion, and indoctrination of Babylon, and in so doing, have left a godly example that shines through the pages of Scripture from which all of us can draw hope and purpose.
Although the compromise sitting before you today may seem advantageous, you are better off looking to God. Resolve to stay strong despite the position you are in. With people trying to climb over you on the corporate ladder, the competitive family members, and the godless society that encompasses you, determine to keep your eyes on the real prize. If you keep eternity’s values in view, your position in Heaven will be one you will not regret. Before you get out of bed each morning, ask the Lord to help you be determined. No matter what your position, don’t lose your vision.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.