Billy Graham said, ”The strongest principle of life and blessings lies in our choice. Our life is the sum result of all the choices we make, both consciously and unconsciously. If we can control the process of choosing, we can take control of all aspects of our life. We can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of our life. So, start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.”
”If you don’t make a decision, then time will make it for you, and time will always side against you.”
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself (Daniel 1:8).”
Daniel proved to be a young man that was not afraid to make decisions that would impact his life and those around him. He is someone that we could all learn from as far as making proper decisions.
We find no disgraceful actions in the life of Daniel; even his critics could not find anything truthful to condemn him with. He lived a life of purity and he was committed to his God.
Imagine being uprooted from your country, removed from your family, your culture, everything you know and transplanted to a foreign country where the language is different, the culture is different, even the faith is different. How would you live? What would you do? How would you survive?
For Daniel these were not hypothetical questions. But in the strange and foreign land of Babylon, God was still at work and He still had His faithful people. Men like Daniel who dared to be different, who dared to put God first in their decision making.
Assimilation means “to make similar, to absorb into the culture.” To be integrated into a culture is to learn the language, the laws, and the values of the society yet remain distinct from the society. Daniel’s determination reminds us that we must recognize that there are points at which we must draw a line.
Daniel dared to be different and because of that God honoured him and used him to influence Babylon for the true God in a way that only the Lord could have done.