“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Daniel 1:8Text — Daniel 1:3-8
You must have heard about students who received scholarship; maybe somebody in vour school or very close to you got a scholarship for secondary school education or to the university. Scholarship is a contribution or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievements. Scholarship may also refer to academic study, achievement or learning at a high level.
So, whichever way you look at the word, it stands for excellence, success or achievement.
Daniel and his three Hebrew friends were selected to enjoy the scholarship program of the king of Babylon. What a privilege! They were not even citizens but captives in Babylon. The scholarship came with full benefits – education, daily provision of king’s special food and other special provisions.
Incredible! Yet, in the midst of all the tempting privileges, Daniel and his friends remembered who they were and purposed in their hearts to stand for God and not defile themselves with food sacrificed to idols.
The lesson for believers here is that in whatever situation we find ourselves; opportunities or special privileges of life, we must still stand for Jesus and not be defiled. Do not allow the enjoyment of life to make you forget God. God is the giver of all things; therefore, honor Him above all things and He will give you good success.
Prayer for today
Dear God, help me to remain faithful to You in all situations of life.