By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"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."Daniel 1:8-----Resolved - A decided course of action. Undeterred and of a persevering mindset.Persisting in the face of obstacle and difficulty.Daniel is an extraordinary individual with extraordinary resolve.Three virtues of Daniel:Focused, Disciplined, Resolved.-----Today's Read: Daniel 1-2; Psalm 26-27Surrounding Daniel's stalwart life is an extensive list of weighty traits which could be applied to him, but we're going to highlight the "resolve" that composed him.A "favored captive" in Babylon during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel was handpicked and groomed for special service to the King. The unblemished beauty of his external and internal self garnered him a special attention and an ordained station.In this particular passage Daniel is appointed a special portion of the King's meat and wine over a period of three years along, of course, with an education and training ground that encompassed the elite group of men that surrounded the King. Surely, in light of the privileges afforded him as a captive, Daniel ought to be thankful for the blessings attending him without questioning small matters of dietary concern.Right ...?------Hmmm ...In a course called "resolved obedience," Daniel verbalizes his dietary conviction to the officer in charge and insists on a course of "plain pulse and water."The officer in charge, nervous about facing repercussions from a possibly perceived rule infringement, agrees to Daniel's 10 day test:Pulse and water for 10 days and then a determination made.Not surprisingly, Daniel and his men appear 10 days later:Stronger, fitter, healthier, and more able than all the other men.The interesting thing about the course of Daniel's action is not the dietary "thing" but the "conviction" thing:Daniel's will to be obedient to God overshadowed his desire to be favored by men.Read that statement again and allow it to sink in.This is the wondrous, breath-taking, meaningful, meaty piece of Daniel that serves as inspirational fodder for our lives. Daniel's "keeping of conviction" not only pleased God;It highlighted virtues he possessed and demonstrated a "God" at work within him.God was Daniel's primary audience and everything revolved around his "resolve" for Him.Mmmm ...-----Some of us, this very moment, are being granted placement in highly favorable arenas.Compromise appears on the early horizon and we are a bit sketchy on how to proceed.Utilize Daniel's example and the book of Daniel as a blueprint for your next step.Pray that, like Daniel, obedience to God will overshadow a desire to be favored by men and let the chips fall where they will.Allow your life to be ordered around a resolved commitment to please God,And wait ...For the best things to come.-----"Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him, and the king thought to set him over the whole realm."Daniel 6:3
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