A Boy Named Daniel
There once was a boy named Daniel. He was young but mature for his age. He was also handsome and his intelligence was admirable. His story began on one of the saddest days of his life. The new king was evil, he invaded Israel and named himself the king of the country. This being so, he forced all of the young men, like Daniel, to serve him in his palace. The new decree did not allow anyone the right to choose: all of his dreams and plans, as well as all of his family, were ripped out of his life so that he could serve the king (who wasn’t that big of a deal) exclusively.
Daniel was taken to the king’s palace along with thousands of other young men who were in his same situation. But Daniel differed from the majority- he believed in God and he lived his belief daily. That drastic change in lifestyle was a great threat to his faith in God, for almost nobody practiced the same faith- with the exception of three friends that were taken with him: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
Read what Daniel did with respect to the threat against his faith:
“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)
In order to protect his Faith, Daniel was radical to the point of even avoiding what the king liked to eat, for it was a protocol that he would have to live by because he lived under the same roof as the king. His superior in the palace was shocked by such request and immediately responded:
“But the official told Daniel,”I am afraid of m lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.” (Daniel 1.10)
And Daniel responded:
“ Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see. So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.” (Daniel 1. 12-15)
When someone prioritizes their faith, God honors them- that’s the way it is. With only vegetable and water, Daniel and his three friends were stronger than the other young men that ate the best of the king’s table.
The matter here is not the simple fact that Daniel didn’t want to eat the king’s food, it was that he didn’t want to contaminate himself with the new culture that the king was imposing on him. Daniel didn’t want to lose his personality and faith, even if he lost everything else when he was taken to the palace.
When a person has this kind of faith, she can go through hell itself, even so, she will shine.
I’m in the faith of the Daniel’s Fast that started on the 12th, how about you?
Author of the books "Better than a new pair of shoes", "V woman" and "Casamento Blindado" (Bulletproof Marriage). Founder of "Godllywood" and "Rahab Project". Presenter of "The Love School" at Rede Record.