Jeremiah 19:1-20:18Daniel 1:1-21Daniel 1:8, “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.”
Exiled in Babylon and recognized for his leadership potential, Daniel submitted to being renamed Belteshazzar and participating in the king’s specialized cultural training. However, when ordered to eat the king’s non-kosher food that was likely used for sacrificing to false gods, Daniel drew the line! As a man of great resolve, his top priority was to honor and obey God.Resolving in his heart to not defile himself with food forbidden to Jews, Daniel asked the chief guard if he and his close friends could instead eat vegetables and water. When the guard objected, thinking the king might notice that they looked weak, Daniel asked for a trial run. This was an altogether risky request because refusing the king’s food could lead to harsh consequences — even death. But because Daniel stood firm in faith, the Lord granted him favor, and the guard accepted his request. At the end of the trial, Daniel and his friends were stronger and healthier than those who ate the king’s food.Literally translated in this context, “resolve” means to “set one’s heart,” which is precisely what God wants us to do! He wants us to have unwavering faith. Yet, too often, we crater to the pressure of going along with the crowd. But, if we steadfastly set our hearts to honor and obey God above all else — regardless of criticism or consequences — He'll grant us favor, increase our strength, and use us to impact lives.Resolve now to stand firm! Even if it’s difficult at the moment, God’s favor remains and His blessings are eternal.
Dear God, Help me to stand firm in my faith, even when it’s not the easiest or most popular thing to do. Give me strength and increase my resolve so that I may set an example for others struggling to remain steadfast to You in the climate of today’s culture. In Jesus’ name, Amen.