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Purposing to Continue

The other Sabbath we got together to study Daniel 1. A chapter where I would expect to be reminded of good principles and receive encouragement, but not something I hadn’t considered before. But it struck me as I read again that Daniel purposed in his heart not to be defiled with the kings meat that this was a continuation.

Daniel was born a Jew. His name, meaning “God is my judge,” suggests he had been born to pious parents. Daniel had likely been eating right all of his life; abstaining from unclean meats and intoxicating wines. And yet we read “Daniel purposed in his heart,” not that “he had purposed.” For Daniel, this was something new.

At times we too may need to recommit to what we are already doing. Perhaps because of a change of circumstances, a trying situation, or just the passage of time, what has long been a habit may be tested. To continue to do what is right we must continually choose to do what is right.

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