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Write Your Life With Action

Hello. Jeanette Stark here. It is Tuesday, February 22, 2022. It is a true ‘twosday’… 2/22/22 ;0)

I am sure you have heard the expression, “Actions speak louder than words.” In other words, what you do is more important than what you say.

Do you know anyone that is always telling you what they are going to do, and yet seldom get it done? Actions speak louder than words.

I worked in radio for close to 28 years. We had a buy-sell-trade program on one of the stations and I will always remember one ad that came in. It basically said, “…good Christian person willing to house sit…” I will never forget what a co-worker said to me when he read it. He remarked, “If you have to tell people you are a good Christian, chances are, you are not.” Ouch! However, it had been his experience that actions speak louder than words.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”

There are other expressions that nod toward that same attitude. “Walk the walk and talk the talk.”

I have known people who live their life with the mentality of “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Yes, our words are important! But our actions are more important than our words.

I think of the story of Daniel and the lion’s den.

Because of Daniel’s witness, because of his faithfulness to God, he caused the king to believe in his God.

If you turn to Daniel chapter 6, you will read of the plot against Daniel.

To set the stage, King Darius had appointed 120 satraps (governors of a province) over the kingdom. And over those 120, he appointed three governors. Daniel was one of those three.

Verse 3 says “…Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.”

You can well imagine this did not sit well with the other men who had been appointed. After all, Daniel had been brought as a captive from Jerusalem. Daniel 1:3-4 tells us, “Then the king instructed…the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.”

Daniel was in this group of captives and from the very beginning he had proven himself trustworthy. From the very start “Daniel purposed in his heart” to do the right thing. By his actions, Daniel showed time and time again, his faith in the one true God and his determination to do what was right in the sight of that God.

Daniel, with God’s help, revealed dreams to King Nebuchadnezzar and eventually, that king would “bless the God” of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego when they would not bow to the image on the plains of Dura.

Daniel’s friends, by their actions, not words, convinced this king of the one true living God. We see Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 3:29 making a new law. “Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.”

Those three young men, although taken as slaves from their homes, lived a stellar life, showing every day, by their actions, what they were truly made of. Their actions spoke loud and clear.

Skipping ahead to chapter 6 we see the plot against Daniel. The governors and satraps “thronged” before the king playing on his ego. They knew if they came right out and said what was on their mind, the king would have none of it, but instead they sweet-talked him. “…King Darius, live forever! All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” Therefore King Darius signed the written decree.” Daniel 6:6-9

What did Daniel do when he discovered the plot? Did he run to the king and demand a time to speak? Did he defend himself in anyway? No. He went home and prayed!

Daniel 6:10 “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.”

What a man! What a man of God!

Of course, the men that had set the trap were watching and waiting for him to do the very thing they knew he would do, and as soon as they saw him praying, they ran before the king. “Have you not signed a decree that every man who petitions any god or man within thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?”

The nerve of those men. Of course we know what happened. The king had no choice but to have Daniel thrown into the den of hungry lions. But note what he said to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” 6:16

Even before he ordered Daniel into that certain death trap, he knew God would save him. I have often wondered if that was one of the main reasons God DID save Daniel, because the king believed.

The king went home for the night. He could not eat, he wanted nothing to do with music. He could not sleep. Verse 18 tells us that “very early” in the morning the king “went in haste” and “…when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting (or grieved) voice to Daniel…“Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”

Can you imagine the joy the king felt when he heard Daniel answer ““O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me.”

Daniel walked the walk. He showed throughout his lifetime, his faith and trust in God the Father. And because of his witness, the king also believed.

Patrick Ness once said, “You do not write your life with words … You write it with actions. What you think, is not important. It is only important what you do.”

What we do in front of people is vitality important. Actions speak louder than words. Let your actions speak towards a loving God and your deep and abiding faith in Him.

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