Resolve: |rəˈzälv| – v. meaning to decide firmly on a course of action.
Have you ever set your mind to doing something you thought would be easy and then realized it wasn’t as simple as you thought? That’s what happened to Daniel. He made a decision to eat only food that would be healthful. While he was at home with his mother’s good cooking I bet it wasn’t hard at all. Unfortunately, his whole life turned upside down when he was taken as a captive to Babylon.
Daniel didn’t have his mother’s healthy cooking in front of him anymore, but he did have his resolve. It says in Daniel 1: 8, “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.” He was determined to eat healthfully even if it meant getting himself in worse trouble then he was already in.
When I think of people who stick to their word even when it gets tough, I’m always reminded of when my best friend decided to do the 100 burpee challenge. It seemed simple enough except that she went on a tour part way through and had to start again. When she reached about 30 the second time, something else came up and she had to start all over, yet again. By this time, everyone told her to just give up because it was going to take way too long to get to 100. But she had decided to do the challenge and nothing was going to stop her from completing it even if she had to start again and again.
Sometimes situations in life don’t turn out how we expect, but like Daniel we must always resolve to stay true to God no matter what happens.