Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Nehemiah 2:1-6 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Nehemiah%202:1-6&version=NKJV )
Courage begins with a choice and becomes visible when we take a stand in the midst of adversity. After taking hostages from Judah, the King of Babylon sought to assimilate these young men into Babylonian culture. The rules for these youthful hostages were clear: Learn the Babylonian language and knowledge while enjoying the King’s food and drink. None of us would blame Daniel for submitting. He was young and far from home, but Daniel knew the meat was ceremonially unclean. God’s word prohibited its consumption.
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Speaking out could have meant death for Daniel, but he did it anyway.
His unexpected courage overlooked the circumstances and focused on God.
Our courage, or lack of courage, begins with our perspective.
If we fix our eyes on the possibility of failure and the barriers to obedience, we will fail.
But if we fix our eyes on God, His greatness and faithfulness, we will have the courage to obey.
Holiness begins in our minds and works out to our actions.
By David Jeremiah.