“The king ordered Ashpenaz…to bring in some of the sons of Israel…youths in whom was no defect, who were good-looking, showing intelligence in every branch of wisdom, endowed with understanding and discerning knowledge, and who had ability for serving in the king’s court.” – Daniel 1:3-4 NASB
This must have been a devastating time for the Jews. Their kingdom had been wiped out. Jerusalem and the Temple had been destroyed. Their leaders had been taken into exile. What would the future hold?
Yet God had not abandoned His people. In fact, through four young men, He was about to impact the entire Babylonian empire.
The king called for the most gifted of these young exiles to be brought to his court. He only wanted the best of them, the cream of the crop. Daniel and his three friends were chosen, entering “the king’s personal service.” They would receive the best education and opportunities—things they never imagined when they were taken into exile.
But God used this process to make these young men His witnesses. Yes, they would serve in Babylon, but in reality, they would be serving Him…testifying of His greatness, accomplishing His purposes, and changing the course of history. They had been prepared for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
God still works in the same way today. He has a unique call, ministry, and destiny for each of us. We are to serve Him wherever He calls us, whether it’s in the church or the world, at home or at work.
Remember that, as a child of God, you are the “salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). Everywhere you go, you are His ambassador. He has a special calling and destiny just for you! Allow Him to develop your gifts and talents. “Let your light shine,” and be His witness in everything you do. Live so that others can see what God has given you, and bring Him glory.
PrayerFather, I dedicate my time, talent, and treasure to You. Help me to be a faithful servant in every situation. Use me to impact lives for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingDaniel 1