He Asked for Permission
“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.” (Daniel 1:8, NIV)
This verse gives us our first glimpse of Daniel’s character, humility and his understanding of the need for obedience to authority. At a young age, rather than defile his body and disobey God’s laws by eating the king’s food, Daniel asked permission to eat a special diet of vegetables and water. He showed obedience and faithfulness to God and man. Later, we see that Daniel was known for his willingness to be true to his faith in God. Daniel’s faithfulness came from His understanding of the importance of obedience. Reading on, we see the results of his obedience and faithfulness, “Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel.”
True servant leaders walk in the favor and blessings of the Lord. God’s grace (unmerited favor and blessings) is a reward for our obedience and faithfulness. At the end of the first chapter, we read, “the king talked with them and found none equal to Daniel in every matter of wisdom and understanding.” There are many lessons about God’s favor in the life of Daniel. God’s favor will result in: (1) special abilities, talents, and gifts that we can use to honor and glorify God; (2) outcomes that exceed the norm; (3) special recognition and appreciation by others; (4) promotion, as God elevates you and gives you preferential treatment, rewards and privileges; (5) divine strength, courage, confidence and boldness; (6) dreams, visions and revelations; and (7) divine protection and intervention as angels go to work on your behalf.
Child of God, are you walking in the favor of the Lord? I pray that you will pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you walk in obedience and faithfulness. Trust God, His Word and his grace. He will reward your obedience and faithfulness. Walk in His grace and favor. Like Daniel, hungry lions will not harm you!
Father, thank You for the model of an obedient and faithful servant leader. Jesus, You set the ultimate example for every Child of God. Holy Spirit, help me to imitate Jesus in all I do and say. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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