“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
It’s mind-blowing to grasp the magnitude in which God generates greatness. Lowly people, like ourselves, have the capacity to transcend ordinary and be catapulted into extraordinary for the glory of His Kingdom.
And as much as Daniel’s 10-day fast from the royal buffet table resulted in matchless connectedness to God, it all began with the prophet’s desire to stay true to his convictions.
Conviction is rare these days.
Not very many people live according to strong convictions, especially strong godly ones. We live in a world where absolutes are relative and, because of the focus on “me”, humanity continually spirals down a road of selfishness and the need to wrongfully desire detrimental undertakings. We live in a world where the popular opinion, rather than God’s truths, lead the conversation.
There was no way that Daniel was going to allow Nebuchadnezzar’s lavish requirements to water down what he knew to be true of God. Daniel wasn’t going to defile himself with the king’s ridiculous requirements. And, because of Daniel’s convictions, God rewarded him with eminence in learning and a connectedness to Him like no other.
Bottom line: When God’s people are in “Babylon”, when we are in the kingdoms of this world, we need to take special care to not partake in her sins.