DMHA, or Dimethylhexylamine is a central nervous system stimulant with a similar molecular structure to a number of illegal stimulants including AMP Citrate (DMBA), Ephedrine, and DMAA. It is gaining popularity as an exercise supplement and appetite suppressant. I’m interested in a different DMHA, though.

In Daniel 1:6, we are introduced to four Israelites who were captured and taken from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. Their names are Daniel, Mishael, Hananiah, and Azariah. DMHA!

The plan for DMHA and other young men from the royal line in Judah was to be trained in the language and literature of Babylon for a period of three years and then enter into royal service. It was a program of forced integration. Part of the new culture for the young men was the local food. Their diet was to consist of a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table.

This posed a problem for DMHA, though. As Israelites their diet was restricted. Rather than eat the food that was offered, Daniel requested an exception for him and his friends.

12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” (Daniel 1:12-13)

How did their 10-day diet work out? At the end of the period they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So, the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead (Daniel 1:15-16).

What was God’s response to their obedience?

17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. (Daniel 1:17)

DMHA’s amazing story continues in the following chapters of Daniel. They face many challenges, but through their consistent commitment to obedience, God delivers them in mighty ways. My prayer is for your own DMHA testimony. Your obedience will also be greatly rewarded. Peace!



About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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