Daniel 1:8 – “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
Yesterday in Sunday school, we studied about Daniel. We learned about Daniel’s character traits that enabled him to withstand the insanity of the position that he had been placed in.
But I want to look at something a little bit different about Daniel. As I was studying this verse and thinking about it more after class was completed, I saw something more than a guy choosing not to eat from the king’s table.
Daniel had decided in his heart that he was going to follow after God’s commands. He knew what God required of His followers. He knew that the things the king was offering them was against the Law he had learned to love. So, he decided he would stand firm in what he knew was true and right. But then, check out the end of the verse. He had to ask permission to be faithful to God.
Oftentimes, I find myself gung-ho and ready to go, ready to serve God and do whatever it is He wants me to do. And then I go out into the “real world” and find challenge after challenge. I don’t want to fight. I don’t want to cause a fuss. I don’t want to rock the boat. So what do I do? I throw in the towel before the fight gets started.
It is all well and good to determine in your heart that you are going to follow after God. But until you decide to stand firm and chose to rock the boat a little, all you are giving God is lip service. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak.
I have no idea where you are at in your walk with Christ. I have no idea how willing you are to stand firm. But we all can determine in our heart to follow after God’s truth and commands. However, it is of no consequence until we decide to that we are going to stand firm, no matter what. True, you might have to let someone know that you need to do things a bit different. That’s okay, it gives you the opportunity to share the truth of the Gospel with someone.
God blessed Daniel and his companions when they chose to follow after God (check out the rest of the book of Daniel – there are some amazing stories of God’s faithfulness). God will bless your efforts and decisions as well. Now is the time to “practice what we preach”. Now is the time to let everyone around you know that the opportunities are dwindling. Let me challenge you to change the world around you this week. God will certainly bless your efforts.