“Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days.” Daniel 1:11-14
What an exceptional young man Daniel was. They think he was around 14 years old when this took place. Can you imagine a 14 year old teenage boy turning down amazing food?! He had a commitment and relationship with the Almighty God which allowed him to stand out among the other boys. What stands out to me is his poise and respect that he shows in this situation. Daniel made a suggestion to the attendant asking very politely if they would consider testing them with a different diet of food.
Communication is so important but the attitude of respect is vital. Daniel could have made a big scene, telling the attendant that he would not eat that food. After all, his God forbade him to eat meat that was sacrificed to the Babylonian gods. But, that would not have given him the results that he got by being poised.
God’s word tells us to come to Him for wisdom. James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Daniel clearly spent daily time with God asking for wisdom and instruction. How important is it that we have a daily habit of going to God and requesting these things? If we did this daily and made it our focus to follow His instructions, we would create a habit of watching how we said things.
Matthew 12:36 it shows us how important our words are to God. “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every empty word they have spoken.” It is important to God that we wisely choose how we say things; so important that we will give an account on the day we believers stand before Him. Can you imagine this day?
Words can build up or words can tear down. Have you ever paid attention to the results of your words? Do you see a cheerful countenance? Do your words, after they are spoken, leave a good feeling in your spirit? Do you see the same results that Daniel received when he, a 14 year old boy, bucked the system of the King of Babylon? We can all learn a lot from this godly boy who served the Lord with his sold-out-commitment to Him.