Daniel 1:8-9: But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself. 9 Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials…
For the last four weeks, I have been teaching the book of Daniel in our Wednesday night Bible study. Although this book was written around the sixth century BC, it has many important applications and insights for us as believers today. One important aspect stood out for us as we studied the first chapter of Daniel. Given the example of these four teenage Hebrews believers, we talked about how important it is for us as believers today, to be a good and faithful witness for God. We certainly live in a time and in a world that needs to hear our witness, to the love and compassion of God, and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We saw in Daniel chapter 1, how Daniel and his three Hebrew friends stood firm in their belief and trust in God. These young men were teenagers, who were taken away into captivity to Babylon, and they stood firm in their faithfulness to God against the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar. And because of their faithfulness, “God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and wisdom; Daniel even understood all kinds of visions and dreams” (Daniel 1:17).
“But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself…”
As believers today, we must also make up our mind to not defile ourselves. We live in a world that worships almost everything except God. If we are to be a faithful witness, by living out our lives in a way that is committed and faithful to God, we can’t allow the world to defile us. Christians need to pray for God’s strength to stand firm against the ever evolving belief system of this world. If we are to be a good witness for Christ, we must live a life that makes others take notice. When we rise above the sin and turmoil of this world, we can make an impact upon others by being a good and faithful witness to God.
God used these four Hebrew teenagers, to make a pagan king take notice of their unique and faithful relationship with the one true God. And God can use you, to help those who are lost today, to notice and want to know more about your relationship with God. Always strive to be a good and faithful witness to God, because you never know how God can use your witness to affect someone that is watching how you live out your life as a follower of Christ.