January 3 –When Resolutions Matter

“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.” …”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.” – Daniel 1:8, 15 (ESV

In this passage Daniel made a resolution of great importance. It required wisdom and character to stick to it. It’s a great story and worth reading. Daniel and three named friends* were in the first group of exiles taken by Nebuchadnezzar from Jerusalem to Babylon in 605 B.C. These men were very young and likely 14-18 years old. The king of Babylon wanted the best and he wanted them made ready for court. They were served the best of all food and drink which were against the Law of God. Daniel was devoted to God and he was frequently tested. This was the first test. It is the best time to establish the boundaries of what you will stand for, what you will and will not do. Daniel, seeking to keep his resolutions and the Law, asks for consideration from those over him. He and his three friends are tested for ten days eating a diet of vegetables and only drinking water by their own request. The test proved that their way was better. Avoiding the restricted foods and drink, They proved their faithfulness. When our faithfulness is tested God will help us maintain our faithfulness to Him.  

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* Now among them from the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. Then the commander of the officials assigned new names to them; and to Daniel he assigned the name Belteshazzar, to Hananiah Shadrach, to Mishael Meshach and to Azariah Abed-nego. Daniel 1:6-7

But Daniel said to the overseer whom the commander of the officials had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, Daniel 1:11

The king talked with them, and out of them all not one was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they bentered the king’s personal service. Daniel 1:19

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