I am plagued by my diet. I am fat and unhealthy. I eat all the wrong foods and drink alcohol to excess. I know that I should curb my appetites and eat sensibly. But my lifestyle is challenging and I am cast adrift in the world etc, etc. But Daniel didn’t think so. He refused to be influenced by the culture that had imprisoned him. He politely requested that his diet, God’s diet, be tested. And after only ten days, it was clear that Daniel’s godly diet was far superior to the king’s diet of food and wine. For me, the message is absolutely clear. God knows best. If he instructs us then we should listen and obey without question. It doesn’t matter how unpleasant the consequences, God knows what is best for us, and we need to listen and obey him, no matter what we think about it. Either we are going to put our whole trust in the word of God, or we are not. I think it is extremely important to obey the word of God, because with out his laws and decrees, we are entirely alone in the world and completely open to destruction and defeat.
Daniel 1:8-16 NLT
But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. Now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for Daniel. But he responded, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has ordered that you eat this food and wine. If you become pale and thin compared to the other youths your age, I am afraid the king will have me beheaded.” Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. So after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the food and wine provided for the others.
It is clear to me that I have been wrong in my decisions, many times, since I chose to be baptised into this new life with Jesus. It seems clear also, that rather than choosing the way of the worldly man, I really should listen to what The Lord has said, and choose the path of the godly man. I know that I have been judged harshly since I joined the christian community and that I will be again, but let me confess my poor choices here and now, and hope that my brothers in Christ will find forgiveness in their hearts for me. My goal is to embrace the diet that God has laid down, and reject the fine foods that the world regards with such reverence.
Daniel 1:1-2:23, 1 Peter 3:8-4:6, Psalms 119:65-80, Proverbs 28:14