Time: 605 BC
Place: King's court
10 and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king.”
11 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
12 “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.
13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king's food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.”
14 So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king's food.
16 So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
Notice Daniel was NOT passive in this matter of 'not defiling himself.'
- Daniel saw through the difficult situation of the steward and then addressed his legitimate concerns
- Daniel was not unreasonable and insistent
- Daniel was firm, gracious and persistent with his principle
- Daniel took the initiative to suggest a workable plan that would not put the steward in crisis
- Daniel was a man of faith. This seed of faith springs forth from a pure heart of 'not defiling' himself.
How is Daniel's Faith manifested?
- 'put us to the test' - our faith needs to be put to the tested
- time is needed for the test - 10 days
- he gives a proposal: instead give us vegetables and water
The steward then consented to Daniel regarding this new proposal.
When we face awkward situations, we must look to God for wisdom not to be insistent, but have the wisdom to be flexible enough to let our faith be tested and come up with a wise proposal.