Because of the grandeur which He bestowed on him, all the peoples, nations and men of every language feared and trembled before him; whomever he wished he killed and whomever he wished he spared alive; and whomever he wished he elevated and whomever he wished he humbled. - Daniel 5:19
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah are in a predicament. Nebuchadnezzar has literally kidnapped them to serve in his court and has ”appointed for them a daily ration from the king’s choice food and from the wine which he drank, and appointed that they should be educated three years, at the end of which they were to enter the king’s personal service.” According to Daniel 5:19, Nebuchadnezzar could execute or keep alive whomever he wished. It’s no doubt that few went against the king without losing their lives. The predicament for Daniel and his friends is the order by the king to feast on his wine and delicacies for three years.
This is a problem for these young men: they don’t want to partake in the dietary order of the king. They don’t want to defile themselves by yielding to the king’s diet. So God does a unique thing for them. He gains Daniel the goodwill and favor of the chief of the eunuchs so that he and his friends are able to eat their preferred diet rather than the treats of the king. And we know the outcome. God blesses the four men by making them look much better and more fit than their counterparts.
In the workplace we are given many opportunities to imbibe with our counterparts, whether it be in after-work food and drink, in off-color office jokes, or in spouse bashing. Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself, and God went before him to bring him favor before his “manager” and his peers. May you trust God and stand on those same convictions in the workplace.
Grace Community Church
Raleigh, North Carolina
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