8 Daniel determined that he would not defile himself with the king’s food or with the wine he drank. So he asked permission from the chief eunuch not to defile himself. 9 God had granted Daniel kindness and compassion from the chief eunuch, 10 yet he said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and drink. What if he sees your faces looking thinner than the other young men your age? You would endanger my life with the king.” 11 So Daniel said to the guard whom the chief eunuch had assigned to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days. Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then examine our appearance and the appearance of the young men who are eating the king’s food, and deal with your servants based on what you see.” 14 He agreed with them about this and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days they looked better and healthier than all the young men who were eating the king’s food. 16 So the guard continued to remove their food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables.
What do you want to do when you grow up? One day my eight-year-old announced she wanted to sell RVs. What’s a mom to say? Sell lots of RVs, honey! A better question would have been: who do you want to be when you grow up?
Daniel had to grow up fast. As a teenager, he was ripped from his family to serve in the Babylonian empire. There they indoctrinated Jewish boys in Babylonian language and literature. Names were changed to reflect the gods of Babylon. The king assigned them the richest foods and wine. For three years, the Babylonians officials attempted to convert Jewish boys into pawns.
But Daniel was resolved to live with integrity (Daniel 1:8 ESV).
He boldly asked the chief official’s guard if he and his friends could eat vegetables and drink water for ten days. (The king’s food was not kosher and had been sacrificed to foreign gods.) The guard agreed. The results? Daniel and his friends appeared healthier than those who ate the king’s food.
The difficulty of his choice should not go unnoticed. For three years Daniel was resolved. For 1,095 days Daniel determined to eat only God-approved food. For three meals a day, for 1,095 days, Daniel chose to not eat what everyone else did. Not one day.
Because of his choice, God rewarded Daniel with knowledge and understanding ten times greater than the diviner-priests and mediums. Daniel also received the gift of interpreting dreams and visions. At the end of the three-year training, the king selected Daniel to serve in his court.
Yet God had bigger plans for Daniel than the king’s service. Impossible plans. Could it be God tested Daniel’s faithfulness in lesser things during this time so he could be trusted with much more later on (Luke 16:10)?
We may not be called to serve kings. We may end up working in an RV lot. But if we want to be men or women of integrity, if we want to see God do the impossible, we must be resolved to live like Daniel.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Where do you need to be resolved on a daily basis?
- What is God’s impossible vision for you? For our church?
- How will you join His work in making the vision possible?
Pray for unreached people in Europe to meet a Christian who will share the gospel with them. There are 303 unreached people groups in Europe. The unreached people group (UPG) landscape is changing there, as tens of thousands of people from unreached areas of the world immigrate to European countries. Pray for the church in Europe to be bold, strong and loving, and that European Christians will seek opportunities to build relationships and share the gospel with those who don’t have a relationship with Jesus.