Daniel was one of several captive young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. (Daniel 1:4, NIV)
Daniel was taken captive as a teenager. He told the truth no matter what. Daniel stood firm when others demanded he serve idols. In fact he survived a session in a lion’s den. (Daniel 6:22) Daniel became a well-respected leader under four pagan kings.
Where did all that truth and integrity come from? The same place it does for us all, the very beginning, with seemingly unimportant choices.
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. (Daniel 1:8, NIV)
Christians know we should take care of our bodies, but do we? According to the Book of Daniel, great things come from obedience in small things.
Prayer- Lord God Almighty, you give us strength to obey in so many things. We know you can do the same thing with our life style…if we would only choose to obey you…For the Christ who gives us strength. Amen