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Prospered - Imprisoned

Prospered - Imprisoned

20 September 2009

Scripture:

So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian. (Daniel 6:28 NLT)

So Herod put John in prison, adding this sin to his many others. (Luke 3:20 NLT)

Daniel served in the courts of four pagan kings – Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar of Babylon, Darius the Mede, and Cyrus the Persian. His long life was marked by imperial favor as he worked skillfully and faithfully inside the political system in three separate empires. John prophesied for a few months in Judea during the reign of one of the Herods and was thrown in prison for his faithfulness.

Daniel was thrown into a den of hungry lions for staying true to his convictions and God rescued him. John was thrown in prison for staying true to his convictions and God allowed him to be killed as a party favor to an exotic dancer. What’s up with that?

Daniel is a hero of the faith. John is the “greatest man born of woman” in Jesus’ own words.

These two men are among my greatest heroes. One served for more than fifty years as an advisor to emperors and died as an international statesman. One served for less than a year in an evangelistic street ministry and died a bloody death in a dungeon.

You can’t judge successful ministry by visible outcome alone. You can’t judge achievement by longevity or popularity or approval. It pretty much comes down to being obedient to the call and faithful to your convictions and letting God sort it out.

Prayer:

Father, this is a lesson I apparently need to learn several times a year. Sorry for my short little attention span. Thanks for one more patient reminder today that you’re looking for obedience – simple, faithful obedience. I’ll do my best. Amen.

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