Daniel lived truthfully. It’s not that he simply avoided lying to people, but he shaped his whole life around truth. When he was a young man, probably no older than 19 or 20, the Babylonians carried him off to exile. They hoped by taking the people away from Jerusalem it would be easier for the people to forget the truths they had been committed to in Judah. But Daniel did not forget.
As soon as Daniel arrived, he strove to make sure he obeyed God’s law. He first chose not to eat any of the king’s food, but rather he maintained a proper Jewish diet. By holding to the truths he learned in Jerusalem, he quickly rose to prominence because of his healthy appearance. Later Daniel was tested whether he would hold to the truths that Yahweh is the only God he should pray to. Rather than giving into the society around him, Daniel maintained his devotion to God through consistent prayer each day. His conviction placed him in the lion’s den, but God spared his life and again Daniel rose to prominence in the eyes of the government.
God continually rewarded Daniel for his commitment to truth and integrating that truth into his life.
Truthfulness – A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement
Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
Contributed by Michael C. Lyons
Editor of Faith Outreach, Character Council, Cincinnati, OH
July 8, 2004
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