Wisdom of the Word
January 25, 2018, 12:00 AM

Daniel 1:8-21

 

Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”  Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”  So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.  At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom. And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.

 

In this Scripture, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah have been selected to enter into service of the King Nebuchadnezzar. To service, the king required them to train for three years. During this time they would be fed food from the king’s table as the king, was only served the best.  But the food from the king’s table did not meet the Standard which God had set for the Israelites. Daniel chose not to go against what God Commanded and the Standard He established for His people.

We can use and apply this Scripture in a literal sense to change and conform our dietary intake to more of what God would have us to consume. But we can and should also use and apply this Scripture to our physical and Spiritual mind. Our minds are edified by what we read, what we listen to and what we watch. All of these things provide the nutrition that feeds our ideas, our thoughts and speech. The more we edify ourselves to the Standard to which God has set for His people, the healthier and stronger our minds, thoughts, and speech are. The Purity of His Word will always strengthen, uplift and encourage us to live and work rightly in God’s service.

The world would have us believe, much like King Nebuchadnezzar, that only they have the best food and that we must eat at their table to do well, achieve and be successful. But the media from world’s table is tainted with impurities and imperfections which do not meet the Standard of God. The world’s nutrition will weaken us from the inside out. It will change how we think about the Word of God and convince us that we know better than God.

Instead, we should be like Daniel making the conscious choice to serve the Lord and not to defile ourselves with food from the King’s table. Just as Daniel did; put God to the test. Feed your mind and Spirit with the Word of God. You will find yourself strengthened and encouraged. You will see that you will be prepared and able to meet the challenges which lie before you. You will find that God’s Standard always exceeds man’s standard and that you will do well, achieve and be successful in the Name of Jesus. And that being set apart by the Standard of God, He will elevate you in service to Him. Cleanse your mind with the Word of God and be Blessed.
 
Minister Earle Lloyd

 

 



Comments

01-25-2018 at 5:36 PM
Sister Sherry Hobson
Daniel has a fast that I'm going to committ to follow for 21 days.
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