Every year, for the past four years, I always read the book of Daniel in January. Maybe because my favorite scripture is there or that I find it resonating with my life. In this post, I will share my thoughts on some of the verses.Daniel 1:8 AMP:
But Daniel determined in his heart that he would not defile himself by [eating his portion of] the king’s rich and dainty food or by [drinking] the wine which he drank
There are opportunities that will come our way that will require us to compromise but we must make up our minds not to sin against God either by withdrawing or signing a contract on our own terms.
therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might [be allowed] not to defile himself.
Just like Daniel, we should request a new type of agreement that wouldn’t cause us to offend God when we find ourselves in such situations.
My favorite part,
Now God made Daniel to find favor, compassion, and loving-kindness with the chief of the eunuchs.
There are some contracts, positions or offers you wouldn’t be able to access except God grants you favor.
Kenneth E. Hagin told a story of how he always prays with this scripture while in college. He said, “I will insert the name of the course coordinator in the place for ‘eunuch’ and mine with Daniel” So it reads, ” Now God made Kenneth to find favor, compassion, and loving-kindness with the “so and so coordinator”” The result was always ‘As’ in his results coupled with the fact that he worked hard.
I have used this principle in my life to ask God for his favor with people while desiring things and I have seen it work over time. In interviews, applications and material needs, I have seen the favor of God.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SKILLS
Daniel 1: 17 AMP:
As for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom,
The importance of having a skill in this generation cannot be overemphasized. The Bible says in Proverbs 18:16b, “A mans gift will make room for him” , another scripture (Deut:28:12b) says, “God will bless the works of your hands” The question is, “What’s in your hands?” God needs you to be skillful so he can favour you through your skills and bring you before great men.
In Exodus 31:4, God called Bezalel, “to devise skillful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in bronze,” If God should call you, what skills are you bringing to the table?
Make it a duty to read more, learn more and practice what you have learned. Daniel 9:2 “Daniel understood by books” You have access to the internet. What do you do with it? What skill are you learning? What are you improving on? Are you only relevant in spiritual things and not knowledgeable in the affairs of the world? You must work hard like Daniel so you can be useful and serve Kings. BUILD YOUR SKILLS AND GOD WILL BLESS YOU THROUGH IT!