Fulfilling Your Destiny
Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. -Daniel 6:3
Daniel was a man who moved from a position of captivity to a position of authority. He purposed not to be defiled even in captivity, intimidation, and threats. He purposed not to be defiled even in captivity. He could not be distracted even in slavery from God’s plan and purpose. He was tempted by all necessities of life, yet he did not yield. Jesus Christ was tempted also by all things yet without sin (Heb. 4:15). You can also declare and resolve that you will not yield to temptations and not be overcome by sin. In the midst of all these, king Darius searched for men of stable character for leadership (as princes and presidents), to help his government; among all the selected ones who were natives of Babylon, Daniel was chosen as the best though a stranger in the land. The king guided by charisma, competence and capability made a choice of excellence but as excellence always provoke mediocrity, the wicked conspired against the prayerful Daniel.
But apart from the above qualifications, Daniel had excellent spirit in him which is the mark of God above all the other 122 princes. He was also of unquestionable integrity, obedience to God, excellent working ethics. Daniel faithfulness provoked the envy and jealousy of others. The same can happen to you if you are faithful in your position but God’s word will not fail. God will bypass millions to help a man who is faithful and committed to purpose. Even when other princes and presidents looked for accusation and opportunity to rubbish his integrity, they could not succeed. God got a testimony out of the test that Daniel faced. His enemies went down.
We can learn a lot from Daniel:
1. Daniel took a stand to risk his life by living an extraordinary life
2. Daniel stood by his final decision. He resolved to stand by the demands of God regardless of the consequences
Daniel respected constituted authority, so he had a good report with the king of the Land. There was a personal preference and love for him by king Darius. Even when he was in the Lion’s Den, the king was unable to sleep. Though the king was an ungodly leader, yet he respected the God of Daniel and he respected Daniel for his God.
Prayer: I receive your excellent spirit oh Lord such that my life will attract people to your glory in my life in Jesus Name.
Further Reading: Daniel 3: 1-3, 25, 6:1-20
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 26:17-27:46; Matthew 9:1-17; Psalm 10:16-18; Proverbs 3:9-10