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.
I admire this about Daniel.
He was taken captive and taken to Babylon but because of his looks, education, and abilities.
He was chosen to serve in the king’s court along with his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, better known as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego.
Most people would think special privilege, like serving in the king’s court, would indicate God’s blessing on that individual – and it is.
But some would let this go to their head, believing that special position and special privilege is an indicator to do anything, even sin… after all… “I’m special!”
Not Daniel. He did not think, “God is with me in this position so I am special and can enjoy the blessing of my position!”
He did not want to spoil himself with the food and drink of Babylon.
He wanted to save himself for the service of God.
How many of us would or have done the same?
God does not bless us to selfishness.
He blesses us to serve.
He blesses us to share.
He blesses us to give.
This is what Daniel did.
He did not compromise his life or position but lived righteously before God and had the opportunity to help his people and his captors.