Daniel found himself in an inconvenient position. He was a young captive boy selected by the commandment of King Nebuchadnezzar to learn various mental and physical disciplines. Suddenly, he found himself in line with such promotion as would fire ambition in many hearts. To Daniel was given an incredible opportunity, but a difficulty loomed like a dark shadow on the threshold of his brilliant career. He would have to eat and drink at the king’s table.
You might not see Daniel’s difficulty. The king would serve him the best of everything. The finest chefs in the world would prepare all of his meals. That doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
The problem lay in the unlikelihood that any of the food put on the king’s table would meet with the God-ordained Jewish dietary laws. Consequently, Daniel turned it all down so he could obey God. He chose to stand strong in the face of temptation.
Temptation will also enter your life. You will be tempted to get bitter when someone repeatedly offends you. The temptation to covet another’s position, abilities, or possessions will also confront you. When temptation knocks on your door, I hope your heart will be sensitive enough to hear the Holy Spirit say, “Don’t do it.” And I hope you will answer Him and say, “I will not do it.” Choose rather to obey God, and He will provide something legitimate to take the place of your temptation.
Temptation usually comes in through a door that has deliberately been left open. — Unknown Author
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.