Daniels early life demonstrates that there is more to being young than
making mistakes. No characteristic wins the hearts of adults more
quickly than wisdom in the words of a young person. Daniel and his
friends had been taken from their homes in Judah and exiled. Their
futures were n doubt, but they all had personal traits that qualified
them for jobs as servants in the kings palace. They took advantage of
the opportunity without letting the opportunity take advantage of
Our first hint of Daniels greatness comes in the quiet refusal to give
up his conviction. He had applied Gods will to his own life and
resisted changing the good habits he had formed. Both his physical and
spiritual diets were an important part of his relationship with God.
He ate carefully and lived prayerfully. One of the benefits of being
in training for royal service was eating food from the kings table.
Daniel tactfully chose a simpler menu and proved it was a healthy
choice. As with Daniel mealtimes are obvious and regular tests of our
efforts to control our appetites.
While Daniel limited his food intake, he indulged in prayer. He was
able to communicate with God because he made it a habit. He put into
practice his convictions, even when that meant being thrown into a den
of lions. His life proved he made the right choice.
Do you hold so strongly to your faith in God that whatever happens you
will do what God says?
Such conviction keeps you a step ahead of temptation; such conviction
gives you wisdom and stability in changing circumstances.
Prayerfully live out your convictions in every day life and trust God