North Central District
A Great Victory
But Daniel purposed in his heart....Dan. 1:8
Daniel is one of the most inspiring characters in the Bible. He is a symbolic man who is loyal to his convictions and firm in his resolve to be true to what he believes to be right. There is nothing weak or vacillating about him. He did not fall on easy prey to the temptations by which he was surrounded.
Transported from his home and carried off to a strange land where people's habits and ideals were different from his own, "he purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself." He lived the same clean, honest life in Babylon that he had lived in Jerusalem. He showed courage of a high order. For the highest form of courage is not being brave in a moment of danger but resisting the constant appeals to dishonor.
How was Daniel able to do this? By opening his window toward Jerusalem; by remembering his home, his family, the traditions in which he had been reared; above all, by looking to God for strength in daily prayer that he might be faithful to the end. Daniel won a great victory. May God help each one of us to will a victory like that while we too are away from home.
ALMIGHTY GOD, who sees that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves, keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body and from evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Dr. Rick Lanford
The North Central District of The UMC
735 Pierce Ave., Macon, GA 31204
P.O. Box 18169, Macon, GA 31209
Phone: (478) 254-6023