A devotional thought from Christian George for “The Exile”
The radish is a fascinating vegetable. The Greeks called it raphanus, which meant “quickly appearing.” The Greeks were on to something, for in the summer, radishes reach maturity in only about one month. But there is more to the name of this bitter vegetable that some of us reluctantly put on our salads.
The word radish comes from the Latin root radix, which means “root.” Therefore, to be “radical” means, in its most basic definition, “to be rooted, to be deeply embedded or implanted in something.”
Daniel was radical in every sense of the word. Even though King Nebuchadnezzar had uprooted him from his homeland in Israel, Daniel took His root system with him to Babylon (Dan. 1:8-17). He chose to obey God rather than compromise to culture, which led him to live in a way that was contrary to the current of His time. His heart was deeply rooted in the love that he possessed for the one true God.
Daniel’s friends saw his faith. They saw how he embodied faithfulness and how he lived out his faith in a way that everyone could see.
Pause and Reflect
• How deep do you go? How radical are you? How hard do other people have to look to see your convictions?
• Read the parable of the sower in Matthew 13 (particularly vv. 5-6). What are the consequences of not being radical—of not being rooted?