By: Darrelyn L. Tutt
"Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants. So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days."
Daniel was a highly favored Jewish captive taken into King Nebuchadnezzar’s court for the training and prosperity of the Babylonian empire. He was given a specific three year period of preparatory provision in all arenas of life as an education into Babylonian culture. The first arena intersecting his conviction involved dietary regulation:
Eating the King’s food and drinking the King’s wine.
Daniel was appointed the best … and Daniel refused. Down inside the heart of Daniel gnawed the steady conviction that the King’s food went against the dietary regulations imposed by the “greater” King’s law. God, Himself, had imposed dietary regulations on His people that ran contrary to the Babylonian diet.
Daniel was forced immediately to make a choice based on his conviction … and he did.
He allowed God’s word to rule his heart and he wisely requested a ten day testing period to abide by that conviction. He left the outcome up to God and he simply chose to be faithful to the imposition of God’s word in his heart.
Melzar (the prince eunuch over Daniel) was favorably disposed toward Daniel and he allowed Daniel’s request to be fulfilled. The ten days concluded with a powerful and visual acknowledgment that Daniel’s choice had been a wise one and God honored his conviction in a powerful way:
"And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables."
Could it be … that an individual reading this is making a critical life choice and experiencing the gnawing of the Holy Spirit in contrast with what is being offered?
If so, I would like to challenge you to take a ten day test where you subscribe to God’s Word and prayer as your chief means of “dietary regulation” and where you distance and withdraw yourself from the “food” being offered you.
Just as Daniel enlisted the aid of his three friends (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) so enlist the counsel and prayer of three wise and godly individuals and let them pray the matter through with you and offer counsel.
At the end of ten days let God be the determinant of your conviction.
You will bring honor to Him and He will bring honor to you.
God will be faithful.
"Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Shadrach, Meschah, and Abednego; therefore they served the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in his realm."
Ten days … and ten times better.