As a young man exiled to a foreign country, Daniel determined in his heart that he would not defile himself by eating from the royal menu offered by the Babylonian king. Daniel wisely exchanged the temporary satisfaction of the king’s rich foods for the lasting spiritual riches (unprecedented ability to interpret visions and dreams, unlock mysteries, etc) offered by his God and King. There is no comparison between the two, yet Daniel and his 3 friends were the only young men willing to make the exchange. How many of us are settling for temporary satisfaction in the delicacies this world has to offer? The spiritual riches available should be far more enticing, but they require a sacrifice of the flesh, in order for the spirit to be prepared for more. Daniel’s choice to submit himself to a different standard of living resulted in his being given a series of visions that would foretell the end of this world as we know it. Daniel made history by prophesying the future. His gift began with a choice. What are you choosing today? Are you settling for a counterfeit, or are you willing to sacrifice temporary pleasures so you can feast on spiritual riches? Only the latter satisfies long term and has the power to change the world around you.
“But Daniel determined that he would not defile himself by eating the king’s food or drinking his wine, so he asked the head of the palace staff to exempt him from the royal diet… God gave these four young men knowledge and skill in both books and life. In addition, Daniel was gifted in understanding all sorts of visions and dreams… ‘There was no one quite like him. He could do anything—interpret dreams, solve mysteries, explain puzzles.’ …While I, Daniel, was trying to make sense of what I was seeing, suddenly there was a humanlike figure standing before me… He came up to me, but when he got close I became terrified and fell facedown on the ground. He said, ‘Understand that this vision has to do with the time of the end.’ As soon as he spoke, I fainted, my face in the dirt. But he picked me up and put me on my feet. And then he continued, ‘I want to tell you what is going to happen as the judgment days of wrath wind down, for there is going to be an end to all this.” Daniel 1:8,17; 5:12; 8:15-19 (MSG)