Compare Our Appearance

Daniel had been taken captive to live in a foreign land.

Although he was not at home anymore, his convictions remained the same.

Daniel was chosen with three other friends to be prepared to serve in this new place.

They were to be taught the language of Babylon and its literature by an official.

They were also going to be fed what was considered to be good food.

Food and wine right from the king’s table….

 

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel,  but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah,  “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.  Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”  So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. —Daniel 1:8-14

At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his friends looked healthier than the other young men. Because of this, they were allowed to eat only vegetables.

When we know what God wants for us, we do not need to wander from it.

If we are countered in any way, God is right there.

He can make a way, even in opposition.

 

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Keep Your Mind

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Does it matter what you allow into your life?

Does it matter who you choose as your closest friends?

Does it matter what you choose to watch on television or at the movie theater?

Does it matter what you choose to read?

Does it matter what organizations you choose to be affiliated with?

Does it matter who you choose to date?

Does it matter who you choose to marry?

Does it matter if you choose to go to church?

Does it matter if you pray?

Does it matter if you choose to be obedient to God?

Does it matter if you choose to seek God’s will each day?

Will any of these choices really have an affect on you?

Where I live, white ibis birds frequently come to my yard to search for food.

Today, I saw a scarlet ibis.

It looked exactly like the white ones, except it was a bright orange-red color.

In doing some research, I found that the diet of the bird causes the color to be orange.

It eats a lot of red crustaceans.

A long time ago, there used to be a popular saying: “You are what you eat.”

Well, in this case, this bird looked like what it had been habitually eating.

What we choose to do in our lives may not actually change our outward appearance, although it could.

What we choose to do or not to do in our lives will certainly change our attitudes, our outlook, our behavior and —-in the end—-our final destination.

If we choose to allow what God wants for us in our lives, we are going to be changed accordingly.

If we choose to allow things in our lives that He would not choose, we are still going to be changed—but to our detriment.

Colossians 3:2 reads, “Keep your mind on things above, not on worldly things.”

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Every Plant Yielding Seed

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Sometimes I visit a town about an hour’s drive from our home on Saturdays.

The vintage shops are interesting, as well as the architecture from days gone by.

There is also a nice farmer’s market that sets up in the central area of town.

Many vendors bring their goods to sell and customers abound.

There are choices to be made.

Buy apples and tomatoes?

Buy a pound of chocolate candy from the confectioner’s shop?

Buy pears and avocados or a French roll with cream cheese and sugar icing?

Eating candy and rolls occasionally is okay, but we all need a diet of foods that are good for us.

My preferred dinner out is at a restaurant that serves many salads.

In the Old Testament we find this passage:

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

—Genesis 1:29

There are a lot of nice things to eat that are good for us.

God put them here to nourish us.

So, what does your diet look like?

I know I could do better……

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