But Daniel made up his mind 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 1:8).Back to the days of Daniel and his friends in Babylon as captives, you will see how God orchestrates everything by showing His favor and compassion to His own people (Daniel 1:9).The Bible gave us the wisdom to understand the purpose of God. The life of Daniel and his friends is crucial evidence to reflect the sovereignty of God. Their suffering into the hands of their enemies was not a failure or a defeat, but it was their salvation.Daniel knew that disobedience to the king's order would put their lives in danger, including the overseer who takes in charge of their meals every day. But Daniel was very courageous to seek permission from the officials' commander not to eat the king's choice of food and wine to drink.The phrase "made up his mind" refers to Daniel's inclinations, resolutions, and determinations to see what lies ahead in God's providential control. Daniel was not wavering in his mind, heart, and will. He is very precise and straightforward to his decision not to defile himself. He pleads to the commander with boldness and expectations (Daniel 1:12-13).Indeed, faith in God with boldness and expectations will deliver God’s results.At the end of ten days their appearance seemed better and they were fatter than all the youths who had been eating the king’s choice food. So the overseer continued to withhold their choice food and the wine they were to drink, and kept giving them vegetables. (Daniel 1:15-16).