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Daniel 1 Part 1–Committment Supercedes Circumstance

One cannot be held responsible for their behavior after a great trauma, right? Well, in difficult times, people are faced with the choice to remain steadfast or simply blend in with their peers. Such was the case with Israel’s best and brightest youth. One such youth was Daniel. He and his buddies were grabbed up and ripped from their homes and taken to Babylon.  Then, they were put into the king’s service  and trained to be Babylonians.  They were offered the finest food and drink in the land.  Most youth simply followed  along, and they abandoned their ways and traditions. Most ate and drank whatever food that was set before them.
Daniel said no thank you.  He and his friends remained kosher.  Their handlers did not like to see Daniel and his friends bucking the program.  But, God was kind. He granted favor to Daniel from his handlers.  He simply asked for a trial period to show the benefits of doing what he knew to be right.  The handler agreed, and in 10 days, it was apparent that Daniel was correct.  His discipline and desire to be pure certainly paid a great dividend. He and his buddies were by far the healthiest of all the students in the program.  So much so, that they were given a kosher diet from then on! Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would never be the same.
In our lives, circumstances can dictate a great number of things. The one thing circumstances cannot dictate is our response to what we face.  If, when faced with such circumstances, we remained disciplined and committed to our faith, then God will honor our committment and bless us–despite the circumstance.  What is more, if we face the circumstances with a humble heart; many will find favor with those that would demand compromise.  God blesses a faithful and humble heart.  Those that live such a life can literally change the world–or at least the world around them.  Never lose faith and never compromise! God is faithful–let’s join Him and remain faithful as well.
God Bless You

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family[a] and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.

Daniel’s Faithfulness

But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, 10 and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king.” 11 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king’s food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.” 14 So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king’s food. 16 So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.



This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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