Since my boys were young, I taught them to pray this simple prayer, “Father give me the wisdom to know what’s right and the courage to do what’s right, even when it’s hard.” Doing the right thing is not always easy, especially when others come along to entice you to do what is wrong. Yet the decision to do what’s right because it is right is the best course for our life.
There is a story in the book of Daniel that illustrates the above scripture. Daniel lived a life that sought to please God and do what was right in His eyes. That is what it means to be upright. God blessed Daniel and gave him favor with the king as he rose to a place of prominence and influence in the land of his captivity. His enemies became jealous of him and sought to destroy him. Because he was upright, they could find nothing to accuse him of except for his devotion to his God. Therefore they set a trap. They convinced the king to issue an order that no one could pray to any god except to the king for 30 days. If they did, they would be thrown into a lion’s den.
Daniel continued to pray to God and not hide it because that was what was right. His actions sprang the trap. Although the king loved Daniel, he was forced to throw Daniel to the loins. Daniel’s faith believed that God put him where he was and would fight his battles for him. Therefore, even though thrown into the lion’s den, God kept Daniel safe. When the king discovered that God had saved Daniel’s life, he rejoiced and, in the act of poetic justice, threw Daniel’s enemies to the lions. The result was that the glory of the one true God was proclaimed throughout a pagan empire.
The moral of the story is that when we live a life committed to God and doing what is right in His eyes, even if our enemies try to trap us, God will deliver us and spring their trap on themselves. Our God is mighty to save. God’s Word is the light to our path that exposes the snares of our enemy and guides us to safety. That is walking upright.
At the time of the story, Daniel was an older man. He had walked with God consistently with his whole heart throughout his life, and God never let him down. It is a reminder for all that we are never too young or old to serve the Lord and bring Him glory.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, give us the wisdom to know what’s right and the courage to do what’s right even when it is hard. Let our life bring you glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.