He would not defile himself

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, 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.”  Daniel 1:8-10

Sounds like Daniel and his friends had a good thing going, meat and wine there for the asking. They would eat the same foods as the king. Rather than eat what the king ate Daniel turns that food down and asks that they be feed only vegetables. Why would Daniel refuse? First the food that the Babylonian king would have ate would have first been dedicated to their gods, idles. Second the food would have not been prepared according the Jewish custom. Daniel had two good reasons to avoid the food the king ate.

The chief in charge of Daniel and the rest of the Jewish captives also had concerns since he was commanded by the king to take care of the captives and get them ready for service to the king. It would not do if Daniel and his friend were to get weaker not stronger. Not following the king’s commands would mean death. Daniel had a solution,

Rather than fight or argue with the person in charge Daniel asked that the diet he asked for be only for a few days. This would not be long enough to cause any long term harm and let the person in charge make the final decision. How can what Daniel did help us?

First Daniel recognized that what he was asked to do was against God’s will. As Christians we need to be aware that not everything we are asked to do is within God’s will, we need the discernment to recognize these times. Next we need to refuse but in a respectful manner, we need a humble heart. We need to do more than refuse we need to give a God honoring alternative. Finally we need to allow the person in charge to be able to make the compromise without hurting their self or missing the goals they have been given.

As we read further in Daniel we will see how honoring God in a humble way will result in our ability to love in a godly way. God will take care of us we just need to trust Him.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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