Scripture portion – Daniel 1:3-21
Is it possible to live a life that is pleasing to God and serve Him when all the circumstances go against us?
- The life of Daniel shows us the way.
- Daniel was a man who purposed to follow God’s will against a system that wanted the otherwise.
- As a result, God did wondrous things through his life, and blessed the church through magnificent prophetical revelations, spanning till the end of the world.
- God can do so much with one consecrated heart.
A Man Brought-up Well-favored (vv 3-7)
Daniel was a well brought up Hebrew lad while in Jerusalem. He knew the Hebrew Scripture, especially the instructions given by God through His servant Moses in the Mossaic Law.
- He knew exactly what the Lord required of him to please Him and honor His name.
- It is important that we bring our children in the fear of the Lord.
- Solomon instructs us in Proverbs 4:20-27.
Daniel and his other friends were with very good character and wisdom.
- Nebuchadnezzar wanted to train them with the Chaldean culture and language in order to use them in his court.
- Later the king tried to change their names in order to give them a Babylonian identity, but he could not change their character.
A Man of Resolution (v 8)
While facing trying time, Daniel purposed in his heart to uphold godly principles and honor God and not to defile himself.
- This was a decision for righteousness.
- The meat and wine were probably first offered unto idols. Daniel did not want any question raised concerning his faith and testimony.
Three things are to be noted here:
- A resolution made deliberately: Rash resolutions often both foolish and dangerous. Daniel thought before purposing in his heart.
- A resolution directed to what is right: A resolution should be to purpose a right course. Daniel resolved to do what he saw and believed to be his duty.
- Made in dependence of divine assistance: To make a right resolution we need the Lord’s help; much more to keep it. Resolution is to be linked with prayer. Daniel was a man of prayer as well as purpose.
A Man whose Fidelity to God Rewarded (vv 9-21)
What we see here is nothing but Daniel’s deep faith in God. He said, “prove thy servants” (v 12). It means to put them through a test
- Daniel recognized that God was responsible for his selection and that of the 3 other friends, and the same God would see them through.
- God’s sovereignty is at work in verse 9, “Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.”
God finally rewarded Daniel for his faith and fidelity.
- God not only preserved the health of them, but their health and appearance improved (v 15).
- God also gave them “knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom” (v 17).
- The king realized that these Hebrew children were 10 times better than all the magicians and astrologers anywhere in his empire (v 20).
- God rewarded Daniel that He sustained Daniel throughout the 70 years, and even up to the time of Cyrus (v 21; 10:1).
This world has so much to propose to us, but whosoever stands against the proposals of this world will be saved.
- In deep crisis in life, if we honor God, He will honor us.
- True piety to God is the frequent path to success in this life.
- Isaiah 40:30-31