Daniel, along with three young men, entered into the culture of the Babylonians where the chief of staff changed their names and attempted to place them on a diet of food and wine from the king’s kitchen. Daniel, knowing the unhealthy result of this royal diet, plead with the chief, who respected Daniel, and requested an alternate diet of vegetables and water for ten days. Respectfully honoring his request, the attendant lessened his guard over Daniel and his friends, only to be pleased by the healthier appearance of the four. From this day forward their diet remained vegetables and water. Daniel was able to find a way to live with loyalty in a culture that was attempting to impose different standards.
1. Do you truly know, understand, and give complete dedication to your beliefs?
2. Are there choices you are making that follow the “culture” more than your own beliefs?
Challenge: Make a commitment to give up culture and fast from something for one month. Is it social media, gossip at work, eating out, shopping, video games, or television? These are all things, among many others, that get in the way of our holiness and pull us further from our beliefs. Look at yourself in a mirror. Will you be able to say, “yes, I can?” If your beliefs are in the correct place, you will know Who to call upon!