Some years ago the phrase “What would Jesus do?” became very popular among young Christians of all denominations. The four initials WWJD found their way onto T-shirts, bracelets, hats, and posters. The logo was used as a reminder to turn to Our Lord in times of need rather than relying on our own wits or going along with the crowd. “Take the high road,” “Seek first the kingdom of God,” and “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” are other sayings that bear out the truth that God takes special care of those who stay close to him.
Try and imagine Daniel’s predicament. He and his friends were far away from home and tempted to abandon the practice of their religion by being given food which had been offered to idols. For young men pressed into service in the king’s palace that could be somewhat enticing, but Daniel and his friends were loyal Jews who wanted to remain true to their beliefs. These young men showed the courage of their convictions by requesting an alternative to the food which had been offered to idols. They asked for a ten-day trial period in which they were fed only vegetables, while the other candidates for service ate from the royal table. And God rewarded their faithfulness, the king found them not only healthier but ten times brighter than all the rest.
We too can value spiritual reality by asking “What Would Jesus Do?” in every situation. When we are tempted to go along with the crowd or to give in to our fallen nature, the Holy Spirit will remind us to turn to Jesus and to seek his wisdom, strength, and guidance. Our faith may not be tested as dramatically as Daniel’s was, but when we place getting to know Jesus at the top of our priorities, we will receive all the grace we need in order to persevere with our vocation.