One of the many ways in which we can honour the Lord is by standing true to divine principles and by steadfastly refusing to compromise. During his early years, Adam Clarke worked for a silk merchant. One day his boss showed him how he should stretch the silk when measuring it out for a customer. Adam said, “Sir your silk may stretch but my conscience won’t.” Years later God honoured that honest Clerk by enabling him to write the Bible commentary that bears his name.

 Eric Liddell was scheduled to run in the 100 meters even in Olympic Games. But when he found that the heats of this event were scheduled for Sunday, he told the manager that he would not run. He felt that by dishonouring the Lord’s Day, he would be dishonouring the Lord Himself. A great storm of criticism broke. He was accused of being a spoilsport, of letting his country down, of being a straight-laced religious fanatic. But he would not go back on his decision.

When he noticed that the heats for the 220 meters were scheduled for a week day, he asked his manager for permission to run, even if that was not his distance. He won the first heat, the second heat, and then the semi-finals. On the day of the finals, he strode to the starting place, someone pressed a small piece of paper in his hand. He glanced down and saw the words “… Them that honour Me I will honour.” That day he not only won the race but set a new world record. The Lord gave him the great honour of serving as one of His ambassadors in the Far East. During World War II, he was interned by the Japanese and died in a concentration camp thus winning the martyr’s crown.

Adam Clarke and Eric Liddell followed in the illustrious line of men like Joseph who honoured God by his sterling character and was honoured by God by becoming the savior of his people in a time of famine. Men like Moses whose loyalty to his God was honoured by his leading the nation of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. Men like Daniel whose refusal to compromise brought him to a place of distinction in the Persian Kingdom. And greatest of all- the Lord Jesus who honoured His Father as no one else, and has been given the Name above every name.

Having convinced Gideon of His power, God now instructed him to sacrifice his father’s young bullock unto the Lord Jehovah. In addition he was to throw down the altar of Baal that belonged to his father. Thus offering the second bullock of seven years old to Yahweh was a deliberate denial of the power of Baal and was an assertion of the victory of Yahweh over Baal. Naturally the people were extremely upset when they discovered what had happened. The bullock had been offered, the pole had been cut up and used for the wood to burn the sacrifice and the altar itself had been destroyed. In its place stood an altar to the Lord God of Israel. Thus Gideon honoured the God of Israel than his father’s god of Baal. Thus God honoured Gideon in smiting the Midianites only with a pitcher, torch and trumpet.