Destiny And Determination

Daniel 1:8, “But Daniel made up his mind (set upon his heart) that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.”

Daniel 1:21, “And Daniel continued until the first year of Cyrus the king.”

Little choices can make all the difference sometimes. Daniel’s destiny was realized when he at an early age made up his mind…

that he would make the most out of a bad beginning (carried away captive to a foreign land)

that he would not allow his environment to be an excuse, he would not simply survive but he would thrive wherever God placed him (separated from his family and raised in a godless environment)

that tragedy would not limit his future (no longer in Jerusalem but still serving a God of purpose and plans)

that he would treat everyone with dignity and respect (never once does he speak in an unseemly manner to his captors, rather he serves them with integrity)

that he would stand for righteousness even if it meant no one else stood beside him (where are all the other Jewish men in verse 8?)

that His decisions would be ruled by God’s Word not the whims of the crowd (no one else seemed to have a problem with the choice food and wine)

that his natural appetites would never determine his decisions (he gave up meat for vegetables, wine for water)

that purity is a possession of priceless value (he would not defile himself)

that he would be accountable and responsible for his own choices (the reflexive nature of the verb, i.e. not defile himself)

that doing the “right” thing is always the “right” thing to do (if he eats and drinks no one knows but himself and His God)

that he would trust God regardless of the potential outcome ( a young boy stands up to the greatest kingdom in the known world)

Don’t fool yourself. Daniel didn’t just “stumble” into the position of leadership and influence that would come to him in the book of Daniel. His destiny was fully realized the day that he determined that there was no greater virtue than to live wholeheartedly for God. That determination, that decision, impacted and influenced every part of his life. His determination became the doorway to his destiny.

I am presently reevaluating my life. I am looking at my life in terms of determination. Where has my sense of determination diminished? In what ways have I cheapened my destiny by compromising my determination? May God grant me wisdom to establish and fortify a passion for godly determination in those areas of my life and character where it is most needed. My destiny depends on it. Amen.