Evening, June 24, adapted from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods.“ – Daniel 3:16-18
The story of the manly courage and spectacular deliverance of the three devout youth, or rather champions, is well calculated to inspire in the minds of believers resolve and determination in upholding the truth in the teeth of tyranny and in the very jaws of death. Let young Christians especially learn from their example, both in matters of their faith in Christ, and matters of honesty in business, never to sacrifice their consciences. It is better to lose all rather than lose your integrity, and when all else is gone, still hold fast a clear conscience as the rarest jewel which can adorn the heart of a mortal. Do not be guided by a flitting firefly of policy, but by the ever steady northern star of divine authority. Follow the right choice no matter the consequence. When you see no advantage to your actions, walk by faith and not by sight. Do God the honor to trust him when it comes to matters of loss for the sake of principle. See whether he will be in debt to you! See if he doesn’t even in this life prove his word that “Godliness, with contentment, is great gain,” and that they who “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, shall have all these things added to them.”
Should it happen that, in the wisdom of God, you suffer loss by following your conscience, you shall find that if the Lord pays you not back in the currency of earthly prosperity, he will discharge his promise in the gold of spiritual joy. Remember that a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. To wear a spirit without deceit, to have a heart void of wrongdoing, to have the favor and smile of God, is greater riches than the diamond mines of Africa could yield, or the markets of New York or Hong Kong could win. ” Better is a dish of vegetables where love is than a fattened ox served with hatred.” An ounce of peace in your heart is worth a ton of gold.