Following God in a Fallen World - 8.20.19
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2 (NASB)
This verse is getting tougher to live out every day. Whether we want to be or not, we are very connected to our world. Through social media, friends we haven’t talked to in decades can show us what they’re eating for dinner. The 30-minute news cycle keeps us up to date on happenings around the world. And the little talking circle on the kitchen counter can answer any question on any topic—literally.
So if we can’t get away from the world (because we carry it around in our pocket 24/7), how can we renew our mind and be transformed? Daniel figured it out.
He was definitely connected in his world. As an advisor to the king, he was in the know. His position as one of three commissioners overseeing all the governors of the kingdom meant he had some real swaying power. King Darius was even considering him for another promotion.
Despite Daniel’s involvement in the world around him, he took time each day to step away from his important work and focus on the one true God. He didn’t get to go to the synagogue to learn about God’s laws. And he wasn’t able to sacrifice in the temple in Jerusalem. But he was able to go into his attic and pray.
Taking that time to separate himself from the Persian customs allowed him to renew his mind and glorify God.
Similarly, we need to set aside time to be with God. Our hectic schedules don’t usually have room for us to leave work and pray three times a day like Daniel did, but that’s ok. God knows what we’ve got on our plates. He also knows how much we need his help.
Prayer Point: Take some time today to disconnect from the world, connect with God, and thank him for transforming you.