Hey, guys, I haven’t done one of these in a while because I don’t post much. Sorry about that btw. Life is busy. Anyway, verse.
Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat., not with the wine which he drank: therefore, he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
Daniel was a pretty neat guy. He was in a foreign land, taken from all he knew, and he still trusted God and wanted to serve Him. The meat the king was giving him was against God’s law, so he didn’t want to eat it. What did he do? He didn’t throw a big fit like, “WHAT IN THE WORLD? I’m a follower of God! How dare you suggest I eat that?” Instead he respectfully went to authority and requested an alternative. In verse 12, he asks for pulse instead, and in verse 13, he gives the authority a chance to prove him wrong. He handled the situation in a God honoring way. He was respectful, not abrasive. When a situation comes up where you want to do the right thing, but it’s against authority, think about your testimony. Take the authority aside and graciously and respectfully tell the authority why that thing bothers you. It does a lot better for your testimony than blowing up, and it honors God. 🙂