Remaining faithful is never an easy task. Daniel, even at a young age trusted God. The dietary laws he had been raised to follow were obviously healthy, and made he and his friends standouts to the Babylonian guard.
Daniel’s integrity convinced his handlers to trust him, even though, it was a risk to their own lives. Daniel and his friends followed Jewish dietary laws, and, as a result, were the most healthy among the captives and future leaders of Babylon. The result was obvious, and convinced the leadership of Babylon that these young men were worthy to be set apart.
In our culture, there is always extreme pressure to submit to the status quo. Even when we know following the Lord is better, it seems risky to step out and do what’s right. Daniel showed his friends and the Babylonian leaders that doing what’s right is not only honoring to God, but, more practically better for the person involved. Christians should follow Daniel’s lead–and honor God with our lives no matter the risk. We will find that God is faithful, and the world will see that the difference in our lives is practical and better. God’s rules are there for reason.
God Bless You
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah.
But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods.
Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
“Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said.
“At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.”
The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days.
At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king.