The character of Daniel is presented to the world as a striking example of what “YAWUWAH” the capital GOD Grace can make of men fallen by nature and corrupted by sin. The record of his noble, self-denying life is an encouragement to our common human humanity. From it we may gather strength to nobly resist temptations and firmly and in the grace of meekness, stand for the right under the severest trials.
Would you believe that the Book of Daniel has been completed in BIBLE Prophesy? We are now venturing through the BOOK of Revelation, which tells us that the Trumpets of Revelation 7, 8, 9, 10, and 17 are about to sound their alarms. Are you ready for this hour of BIBLE Prophesy fulfilling in our day? It is not what you think it is, it begins with four warning and end in three WOES from Heaven. Are you truly ready for the Trumps of “YAWUWAH” the capital GOD?
Let’s continue in the BOOK of Daniel who might have found a plausible excuse to depart from his strictly temperate habits; but the approbation of “YAWUWAH” the Capital GOD was dearer to him than the favor of the most powerful earthly potentate-dearer even than life itself.
Having by his courteous conduct obtained favor with Melzar, the officer in charge of the Hebrew youth, Daniel made a request that they might not eat of the King’s meat or drink of his wine. Melzar feared that should he comply with this request, he might incur the displeasure of the King and thus endanger his own life. Like many at the present day, he thought that an abstemious diet would render these youth pale and sickly in appearance and deficient in muscular strength while the luxurious food from the King’s table would make ruddy and beautiful and would impart superior physical activity.
Daniel requested that the matter be decided by a ten days’ trail-the Hebrew youth during this brief period being permitted to eat of simple food(pulse-fruits and vegetables) while their companions partook of the King’s dainties. The request was finally granted, and then Daniel felt assured, that he had gained his case. Although, but a youth, he had seen the injurious effects of wine and luxurious living upon physical and mental health.
At the end of the ten days the result was found to be quite the opposite of Melzar’s expectations. Not only in personal appearance, but in physical activity and mental vigor, those who had been temperate in their habits exhibits a marked superiority over their companions who had indulged appetite. As a result of this trial, Daniel and his associates were permitted to continue their simple diet during the whole course of their training for the duties of the Kingdom.
Our Heavenly FATHER regards with approval the firmness and self-denial of these Hebrew youth, and HIS Blessings attended them. HE gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” At the expiration of the three years of training, when their ability and acquirements were tested by the King, he “found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Misheael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the King. And in all matters of wisdom and understading, that the King inquired, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.” Daniel 1:17, 19, 20.
Here is a lesson for all, but especially for the young. A strict compliance with the requirements of “YAWUWAH” the capital GOD is beneficial to the Health of body and mind. In order to reach the highest standard of moral and intellectual attainments, it is necessary to seek wisdom and strength from “YAWUWAH” the Capital GOD and to observe strict temperance in all the habits of life.
In the experience of Daniel and his companions we have an instance of the triumph of principles over temptation to indulge the appetite. It shows us that through religious principles young men may triumph over the lusts of the flesh and remain true to “YAWUWAH’s” the Capital GOD requirements, even though it cost them a great sacrifice.
Next Week: Part Two
By Dr. Vivian Anderson
Special To The Guide