Consistency

Daniel 6:10
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Daniel was consistent in His walk with God.  He had established a habit of prayer in His life.  He took time to meet with the Lord multiple times a day.  He knew the Word of God and the importance of putting it into practice in His life.  He was committed to obeying God in what He had commanded.  And He was strong enough to remain faithful through many hardships and trials.  Daniel was faithful to God, and God was faithful to him, and this new law would not change his behavior that he had established and built into his life.

Let us also seek to be consistent in following the Lord.  Let us build prayer and Bible study into our lives so that they are common practices and not something that we have to keep adopting.  It is important to make it a habit because it is what encourages us and sustains us.  It keeps us close to our Father and able to know His commands and obey them.  It helps us face trials with confidence because we are relying on an established relationship and not scrambling to figure out what to do.  Every day we will face things that we cannot handle well on our own, so let us be prepared by spending time with God all throughout the day.

This kind of consistency is noticeable.  Certainly Daniel’s faithfulness to his God was recognized by many who saw him every day.  But he wasn’t just putting on a show; he was living out an active faith.  It didn’t matter to Daniel what other people said or what they thought about what he was doing.  He was dedicated to God without concern for their opinions.  Do we have that kind of tunnel vision in our lives, as well?  Is our sole focus on pleasing God and relying on Him?  If it is, then those around us will not be able to distract us or discourage us from continuing to follow God throughout our lifetime no matter what they may say or do to us.

Is our faithfulness to God noticeable to the world around us?  Do people recognize that we are followers of God based on established habits and practices in our lives?  And then are we living out our faith in real, tangible ways?  If we haven’t been consistent in some area of our walk with the Lord, now is the time to recommit ourselves to those things—prayer, Bible study, worship, service.  Let’s be faithful in building these good habits into our lives, and then nothing will be able to shake us.

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