Use Godly Tact and Discretion      Aug. 07-05
Daniel 1:8, 12-16; 2:14-16, 30; 4:19, 27

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Introduction
I remember in my Hebrew studies a student said, "I think I learned a lesson from Daniel." Dr. Garland, the professor, said "tell us about it." The student answered, "If the world tries to force it's lifestyle on you, suggest a compromise." The professor said, "That may be a good alternative, but remember Daniel would not have eaten or drank the king's nourishment, and if our suggested compromises are refused by the world, we need to refuse to accept it's alternative. You see Daniel stood out like a mountain on a flat plain, and so can you and I." Because Daniel was a man close to God he was given and able to Use Godly Tact and Discretion.

1. Use Godly Tact and Discretion In Your . . Diet. 1:8, 12-16

    A.    The . . Determining of Your Diet. Dan 1:8
            8  Daniel determined that he would not defile himself with the king's
            food or with the wine he drank.  So he asked permission from the chief
            official not to defile himself.

    B.    The . . Demonstration of Your Diet. Dan 1:12-13
            12 "Please test your servants for 10 days. Let us be given vegetables to
            eat and water to drink. 13 Then examine our appearance and the
            appearance of the young men who are eating the king's food, and deal
            with your servants based on what you see."

    C.    The . . Deliverance of Your Diet. Dan 1:12-16
            14 He agreed with them in this matter and tested them for 10 days. 15 At
            the end of 10 days they looked better and healthier than all the young
            men who were eating the king's food. 16 So the guard continued to
            remove their food and the wine they were to drink and gave them
            vegetables.

        Evidently the king offered some food forbidden by the law of Moses. What should one do in these situations? We can follow these words; "Daniel determined that he would not defile himself." He demonstrated the commitment a person needs to accomplish almost anything. When will a person get control of his/her diet, stop smoking or anything else? When he/she determines to do it! Of course the Christian has additional power from the Holy Spirit, but we must submit to Him. If we use godly tact and discretion we must determine to do so. In the course of showing godly tact and discretion Daniel demonstrated wisdom as he offered an alternative plan. Finally God gave deliverance to these discerning young men.
 

2.    Use Godly Tact and Discretion In Your . . Discernment. 2:14-16, 30

    A.    Discernment In Your . . Approach. Dan 2:14-16
            14 Then Daniel responded with tact and discretion to Arioch, the
            commander of the king's guard, who had gone out to execute the wise
            men of Babylon. 15 He asked Arioch, the king's officer, "Why is the
            decree from the king so harsh?" Then Arioch explained the situation to
            Daniel. 16 So Daniel went and asked the king to give him some time, so
            that he could give the king the interpretation.

        B.    Discernment In Your . . Appreciation. Dan 2:30
                As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have
                more wisdom than anyone living, but in order that the interpretation
                might be made known to the king, and that you may understand the
                thoughts of your mind.

        Daniel knew, even as a young man, he had gifts from the Lord, and he allowed them to be used to the fullest. In his total approach to life he used godly discernment. Today we need men and women of this caliber. Daniel expressed an appreciation for the gifts of God in his daily demeanor. As he approached the king, He did it in respect, humility, and appreciation. That kind of an attitude causes the world to notice someone with godly tact and discernment. Earlier the report came "In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them 10 times better than all the diviner-priests and mediums in his entire kingdom." Dan 1:20 (HCSB)
 

3.    Use Godly Tact and Discretion In Your . . Directions. 4:19, 27

A.    The . . Preparation Used before Giving Godly Direction. Dan 4:19
        Then Daniel, whose name is Belteshazzar, was stunned for a moment, and
        his thoughts alarmed him. The king said, "Belteshazzar, don't let the dream
        or its interpretation alarm you."  Belteshazzar answered, "My lord, may the
        dream apply to those who hate you, and its interpretation to your enemies!"

B.    The . . Privileges Used before Giving Godly Direction. Dan 4:27
        "Therefore, may my advice seem good to you my king. Separate yourself
        from your sins by doing what is right, and from your injustices by showing
        mercy to the needy. Perhaps there will be an extension of your prosperity."

        Daniel had an obvious direction in his life and the king knew it. He prepared himself to receive from the Lord and how to graciously share with the king. God allowed him to understand the dream, and then gave him the ability to tell the king in a tactful way. Daniel received the privilege of calling the king to repentance by: 1) being open to council; 2) breaking his sins by doing right; 3) and showing mercy. The Prophet would never have been able to confront the king if he had not prepared himself in a daily walk with the Lord and used Godly Tact and Discretion. Amen? Amen!