Convictions or Convenience?

Don't compromise your convictions for your convenience. Short-term opportunities may arise which will bring what looks like promotion and advancement. It may even appear like answered prayer. However it will also cause you to feel uncomfortable and uneasy. That is the Holy Spirit warning you. There will be a pressure to consent and conform. However, if you say yes, the longer term ramifications will be a lack of peace and a sense of feeling trapped. Refusing the opportunity now will bring a degree of discomfort and even misunderstanding.

However in the long run, you will see that you have done the right thing, and because you courageously stuck to your faith convictions, God will entrust you with greater things. Just think of Joseph, Daniel, Esther - they all refused to compromise their convictions for the sake of convenience and God honored their obedience and sacrifice with great promotion, position and authority.


1 Samuel 2:30:

“the LORD declares: “Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.”

Daniel 6:13,16-17,19-28

“Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions' den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel's situation might not be changed. At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions' den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones. Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth: “May you prosper greatly! “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.”