Few characters in the Bible lived as consistently with integrity as did Daniel. From the time of his teens, he lived with a respectful, high view of God. Though he could have been sulking through the disappointment of being exiled from his homeland, he instead lived with amazing resolve to honor God. In Daniel 1, Daniel is a teenager. On the stage of history, in his teen years, he was making choices to honor God that had huge implications. He just was not going to be governed by fear. He lived as though God was greater than the challenge he faced. On this Sunday, prior to coming to the communion table, we are going to watch a teenager boldly honor God – and we are also going to watch how God responded. I am so hopeful that our middle school and high school students can be with us on this morning.
Pastor Tim Haugen