“Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs.” – Daniel 1:9
In 605 B.C., Daniel is taken captive by king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. He was part of one of the first groups to be deported from Judah. This was part of Nebuchadnezzar’s policy of “Selective Depopulation.” He was moving the brightest and most promising citizens first in an effort to put down one country and elevate his own.
In 597 B.C. we are told the Babylonians then deported 10,000 more citizens (2 Kings 24:14). It has been suggested that this included 7,000 troops, 1,000 craftsmen, and 2,000 notable citizens, which included the prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:1-3). In the book of Jeremiah, Jeremiah 52:28 tells us 3,023 citizens were taken captive and it has been noted that these may have been some in the highest classes of society in Jerusalem.
Within 3 years of Daniels deportation, he was elevated to high standing within Babylon. It was not due to his striving, his five year plan or goals that he had set. It was due to God placing him in position through God’s providence and plan. And, Daniel does not use his position to glorify himself, he uses his position to bring comfort and aid to those who have lost their faith and hope.
Daniel would end up using his position to honor God and use his God given skills and talents to serve the Lord and God’s people. This is where he would find success and opportunity.
There are “Pastors” in churches today who teach that your next promotion or blessing is just around the corner. They preach to you that you are a “Magnet for Blessings” or to “readjust for unprecedented blessings.” I certainly hope God does bless you in material ways and provides those promotions for everyone, if that is His will for your life. But, what happens when you get that promotion or position? Does it become a source of pride and accomplishment? Or, will you use it as a gift from God to bring aid and comfort to others?
As a Christ follower it is important to remember that everything we have has been given to us by God. We are already blessed and we are already rich for we are children of the living God!
Daniel is a great example of a man placed in a position of honor. He uses that position to bless others and not himself. If God has placed you in a position like Daniels, are you using your gifts, skills and talents to bless others or bless yourself? If you are not in a position like Daniel, maybe God has done that intentionally. It could be that if He gave you what you want, it would take you away from Him. Serve the Lord and focus on Him alone and He will lift you up in His timing and in His way.
“And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? You are already full! You are already rich!” – 1 Corinthians 4:7-8