Daniel 11, 12
Focus Verse: He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. – Daniel 11:32
During times of apostasy and persecution in Christianity, there are always those who fall away from the faith. Instead of holding firm to the truth, pressure from God-haters erodes their belief in His sovereignty and pain shakes their conviction into uncertainty.
Still, there are also always those who remain firm in the faith. This group of people is often small compared to those who fall away. But though they are small, their faith in action looms larger than life and is well rewarded in the end. Regardless of what they are faced with – lions, fire, swords, torture, imprisonment, stoning – these faithful few regard disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Earth. Instead of desiring peace and pleasure for a season, they fix their eyes on Jesus and climb towards a greater reward, towards an eternal city, whose builder and maker is God.
Do we know our God? Do we know that even in times of persecution, He is still Provider? Do we know that amid hate, He is still Healer? If so, let us take our place among the faithful few and stand firm, knowing that the current pain of this life can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.