God’s Blessings

Now among these were, of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The prince of the eunuchs gave names to them: to Daniel he gave the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s dainties, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God made Daniel to find kindness and compassion in the sight of the prince of the eunuchs. The prince of the eunuchs said to Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse looking than the youths who are of your own age? so would you endanger my head with the king. Then Daniel said to the steward whom the prince of the eunuchs had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Test your servants, I beg you, ten days; and let them give us vegetables to eat, and water to drink. Then let our faces be looked on before you, and the face of the youths who eat of the king’s dainties; and as you see, deal with your servants. So he listened to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. At the end of ten days their faces appeared fairer, and they were fatter in flesh, than all the youths who ate of the king’s dainties. – Daniel 1:6-15 (WEB)

Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. -Romans 12:1 (WEB)

How often do we make commitments and then fail to keep them? In Daniel 1:8, Daniel makes a commitment to obey God and observe his dietary laws. Daniel asks the chief of the eunuchs, his new boss, not to make him defile himself by eating foods God prohibits.

For a young man pressed into service by a foreign ruler, this is a bold request. God honors Daniel’s faithfulness by giving him favor in the eyes of his new boss. As Daniel presents his plan, that favor continues, and they make an agreement. Daniel and his three friends from Judah undergo ten days of testing, after which they are in better physical condition than those who ate the king’s delicacies.

As we put God first in our lives and earnestly strive to do his will, he will bless us. Sometimes those blessings will greatly surprise those around us, but they should not be a surprise to us. God created everything. Surely, he can give us whatever he chooses.

Heavenly Father, please give us the strength, courage, knowledge, and wisdom to honor you, serve you, and do your will. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Copyright © 2008, Star Ferdinand.

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