Daniel 1:8 (MSG) But Daniel determined that he would not defile himself by eating the king’s food or drinking the wine, so he asked the head of the palace staff to exempt him from the royal diet.
How well do you stand firm for your righteous standards, in spite of pressure to sin? When you see our culture’s “diet,” the focus on the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (I John 2:16), how easily do you find yourself compromising your godly values? If you stand fast in righteousness and watch for the Lord’s favor (v. 9), He will give you “creative alternatives” so that you don’t have to yield your godly stand. “Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you” (Gal. 5:1). “For sin’s meager wages is death, but God’s lavish gift is life eternal, found in your union with our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One” (Rom. 6:23 The Passion).