During my sophomore year of college, my parents moved from Delaware to Cleveland, Ohio. In my first summer, I met some friends working at a local country club, one whom I instantly clicked with. When he wasn’t serving as my sand volleyball partner, Eddy wrestled for Cleveland State. Always conscience of his weight, Eddy shared about the discipline and sacrifices necessary to make weight for his matches.
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, Daniel 1:8.
Today, my oldest son James deals with a similar issue on a weekly basis. Before each Pole Vault competition, you have a weigh in before a judge. Depending upon the scale, your pole is determined based upon your weight. Thus, if you weigh just a pound over the legal limit, you are forced to use a heavy pole, not as flexible as the lighter ones. A few weeks ago James had to lose five pounds in 24 hours just to compete.
At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food, Daniel 1:15.
Following ten days of eating fruits and vegetables, there was a noticeable difference between Daniel and rest of those in the king’s service. While there wasn’t a scale to step on, Daniel and his Jewish friends found favor with God. Under different circumstances, I had one last weigh in upon completing my Daniel Fast. To my surprise, I lost 16 pounds in 21 days. Although part of me wants to continue to lose weight, that’s not my main priority. One day everyone will have their final weigh in on judgement day. When this day arrives, may the grace of God be merciful on this sinner. Prepare now for your own final weigh in.
by Jay Mankus