Listening To The Word

A Daily Devotional

By Randy Friesen

Resolve and Revelation

Today's Life Journal Bible readingDaniel 1,2; Revelation 16

“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine…To these four young men, God gave knowledge and understanding…During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven…” Daniel 1:8, 17; 2:19

Daniel’s resolve to not be defiled had a direct impact on his capacity to hear from God, and God’s revelation in his life.
Is it possible to live life with self-indulgence and self-will, and still consistently hear from God?
Probably not. The revelation of God’s purposes in each generation is shared with seekers who have surrendered, not just their sins, but their wills to God. Is there anything more valuable for a prisoner of war than the royal food and wine?
Yes, it’s the presence of God.
What price will we pay to walk in the presence of the living God?
The fruit of walking with God and his revelation is not just for our benefit; it’s meant to bless our community, our nation, and the nations of the world. We have been blessed to be a blessing.

Lord Jesus, I repent for not consistently resolving to abstain from defiling sin so that I can hear from you. Thank you for reminding me of the greater value of your presence today.