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“Well, I tried.” Have you ever said those words? I know I have. Sometimes we make an effort to do something and then resign ourselves to failure or disappointment when it doesn’t work out. But that is not what leaders do. They persist and find a way forward.
Yesterday, we looked at Daniel’s effort not to defile himself with the food assigned to him by his captors. He asked the chief official for different food. But that official refused because he didn’t want to anger the king and risk being executed. But Daniel didn’t return to his friends, shrug and say, “Well, I tried.” No, Daniel 1:11-13 says, ‘Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”’ (NIV)
Daniel found a way to practice his faith by persuading the guard to run an experiment. The guard agreed. At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his friends were healthier and continued to receive the food they requested.
When you face obstacles to your faith, don’t shrug and say, “Well, I tried.” Instead, be like Daniel. Be persistent and persuasive and find a way to follow God.
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