“Please test your servants for ten days. Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. You can then compare our appearance with the appearance of the young men who eat the royal rations, and deal with your servants according to what you observe.” – Daniel 1:12-13
I am not a nutritionist or a health expert by any stretch of the imagination but surely eating the right kinds and amount of vegetables is beneficial. In this story, young Daniel and his three friends (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) were placed in the palace of the king of Babylon which required them to eat the royal rations of food and wine. All four were Jewish and in the Old Testament, there were dietary laws and food restrictions. Now I am not saying that the food of the Babylonians was bad, but because of their faithfulness and obedience to the Lord, they were brave enough to put the royal food and wine against vegetables and water. The result? Unsurprisingly, they appeared better and healthier than the other young men who had been eating the royal rations (verse 15). But the best part of the story is that in every matter of wisdom and understanding, the king found them to be ten times better than all other men in the kingdom! (verse 20). Therefore eat your veggies, and today start eating healthy. Commentary by: Mark Natividad
Heavenly Father, thank You so much for the story of Daniel and his friends. Help us to eat healthy every day. We lift up to You any eating problem existing in our life and ask You to wash it away and heal us. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.