I hope these words reach each of you doing well in the Lord. For those of you that may be going through a Storm, hold on, hold tight and hold still as God is in Control. You are not alone and The Storm is just for a Season.
The Lord has placed on my heart to study and share with you the Book of Daniel. I don't know why but I am going to be obedient. In chapter one of Daniel we read that the King Nebuchadnezzar gathered Israelites from the royal family and noble young men, those were considered near perfect, to serve in his palace. The men were to learn the Babylonians language and lifestyle and they were expected to eat the food and drink the wine from the King's table.
Among the Israelites and nobility set to train in Babylon, were four boys from Judah named---Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azaiah. The chief official, Ashpenaz, later named them, Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego respectively.
Daniel and his three friends opted not to eat from the King's table as he did not want to defile his body. He asked the King's official if he could refrain from the royal food and wine and eat only vegetables. Daniel assured the official that in ten days he would look healthier, and better nourished than those eating the royal food. After the King saw that this was true, Daniel and his three friends entered the King's service and the King learned that none were equal them. Moral: We can do so much more with less when God is in the mix.
Summarization: Daniel knew his strength, knowledge and wisdom came from God and he knew what was required of him to remain communed with the Creator. Daniel and his friends were set apart as Christians are set apart from non-believers. Yes, as Christians we defile our mine and bodies with pollutants that inhibits our growth and we do not perform at our peak nor give God our Best Service. These pollutants such as, Technology, Television, Jobs, Relationships, Family, etc. distract us from our Calling and cause us to place them first in our lives. We serve and give these idol gods the time and attention that should be devoted to the one true God in Heaven.
Much can be learned from Daniel and his friends. While they were asked to serve in the palace of King Nebuchadnezzar, they never lost sight of who was the real King and the one they were truly serving.