There come times in our lives when we, for conscience sake must take a stand against some worldly practice. Daniel has given us an example how to do this, not only courageously, but graciously, and effectively.
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Daniel 1: 8
Daniel knew that the king’s wine would surely be harmful, were he to partake of it. Also the king’s meat would certainly include pork, and would be cooked with blood, which would be unlawful for him, as a good Jew to eat.
He determined in his heart to take a stand against it. His stand was not self righteous, but courteous and reasonable. He requested, prove thy servants, I beseech thee.
The Babylonians thought they were doing him and his friends a great favor, and Daniel appreciated this.
He suggested a test for ten days to see if this wouldn’t produce better results than the food from the palace. God honored Daniel’s graciousness, as well as his faithfulness, and so will He do for us, as well.
We must always be ready to give an answer for the hope we have in Christ Jesus, and take a stand for God.