But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, not with the wine that he drank. (Daniel 1:8)
Daniel was not concerned with his diet; he was concerned with not defiling himself by eating that which the Lord commanded him not to eat. This was a spiritual issue not a health issue. Here we have the beginning of Daniel’s greatness, his reaching beyond his limits. It all starts in the heart. He purposed in his heart to obey the Lord.
Someone once said that all journeys begin with the first step. I believe that it would be better said that all journeys begin in the heart. Until we get the heart settled, the journey will never be sure. Because Daniel purposed in his heart not to eat, he was later able not to bow and survive the lion’s den.
What exploits has God prepared for you? What tests are you facing in preparation for them? Will you dare purpose in your heart to do the honorable, the right and the obedient? If so, greatness is waiting for you.