Daniel 1: Man of Principle
Welcome to Daniel! Right away, we discovered that Daniel was a man of principle. When Jerusalem was invaded by the Babylonians, they decided that for bright young men like Daniel, there was more value in using them to serve the King rather than throwing them in jail. There was a problem though.
Dan 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
It is interesting. Sustenance is a very important thing, but Daniel was not willing to violate the law of God by eating meat and drinking wine that was presumably offered to idols. His conscience would not allow him to do that.
I wonder how many of us would be willing to make a similar stand. I would like to say that I would be able to. I would like to say that I would be bold enough to even tell those who had the power of life and death over me that I would not violate the law God for anything, but I don’t know. It is one of those things that is kind of hard to tell until you are in that situation.
However, if we do end up in that situation, the story of Daniel is an encouragement. If you finish the chapter, you clearly see God’s hand at work. Daniel asked for a modification to his diet, and that request is granted because they were allowed to prove that they could eat the way they wanted and still be healthy enough to serve the King.
There is hope here. It may not be easy, and I am sure that Daniel was a little bit nervous making requests of basically his captors, but despite all of that, he was still willing to elevate the law of God over whatever might happen to him.
We all know the story of Daniel, and we know that he was not always the most popular guy because of the stand, but he is a great example of one who stood up for his faith in a hostile situation. We can learn from him.