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All of us have had moments when we made a defining decision in our life. A decision that required us to do one thing or another. For example, whether to attend college or not. Whether to marry or not. Whether to start a family or not. And the list of options is endless. These types of decisions are never easy to make. We find ourselves praying and hoping for a direction before deciding to act. And of course, we are always hopeful that the answer we receive is a favorable one.

Waiting on an answer can sometimes be agonizing and heart wrenching. However, there are some decisions we make that bring into question our integrity or faithfulness to our belief. They might have dare consequences of compromising our integrity as well our belief system.

I am reminded of a biblical story about three young men whose names were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These young men choose to disobey a King’s decree that placed their lives in jeopardy.  It would have been easier for them to just go along with the King’s demands. However, they would have had to scarify their own belief and faithfulness. They had a choice of obeying a King’s command and then asking forgiveness.

When we compromise our integrity, we don’t leave room for divine intervention. When we take matters into our own hands, we take God out of the equation. When we try to manipulate a situation, we miss out on the miracle. If “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had compromised their integrity and bowed to the statue, they may still have been delivered from the fiery furnace but it would have been by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, not God.”

These young men would have sacrificed their integrity had they obeyed the King’s command. However, it was their integrity that allowed God to intervene on their behalf. When we do what is right and not what is convenient or popular at the moment, our decision opens a pathway to God’s miracle. Too often our rationalizations about a decision annul God’s revelations of what is intended for our good.

It was these young men integrity that allowed God to show up at the right time. Their integrity paid off. The bottom line is this when you do the right thing in making a defining decision in life, God will do the right thing by you. So Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

 

By Chaplain Ghosten
chaplain@lhp.net