But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. – Daniel 1:8
I have really enjoyed reading the book of Daniel and I think this is the second post I’ve made where Daniel has inspired me to compare myself/ourselves with him and his three friends. The first post was how their names were changed from meanings that honored God to names that meant pagan worship, after they were taken prisoner by the Babylonian empire. (See The Name Game)
Now their captors wanted them to consume meat and wine that have been offered to idols, which is against their belief in the only True and Living God they know.
Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. – Daniel 1:12
Daniel didn’t compromise the Lord’s commandments, but He set out to prove that the power of God and his belief in that power would not only deliver them from a seemingly impossible situation, but it would also show their captors just who the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob really is. So Daniel asks for the opportunity to prove what they eat will make them look better than the ones who would consume the food offered to idols.
Daniel 1:15 – At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate royal food.
This example of believing God and showing our belief in what might be impossible situations is a good one even in this day. Surely they could have been killed because the prince of the eunuchs, the one in charge of them, was afraid for his life. We are faced with threats and the temptation almost daily to cave into the ungodly practices and ways of this world. These situations may seem impossible to get around. For instance jeapordizing our careers, employment and social status. But we have to be like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah and stand tall on God’s word. Doing so will prove to this dying world that they are better off accepting the Lord instead of rejecting Him.