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