In today’s society, I find that the general trend is to step on people to get where you’re going, to lie, cheat and steal your way to the top.
It happens from elementary school straight up the ladder to Governments of countries. Sad to say, I’m certain it happens in our churches also. It is my belief that for every issue in this world that we face an example can be found from God’s word.
The Book of Daniel and the Children of God
In the Book of Daniel, the first chapter tells us that after the children of Israel were taken into captivity that the King requested men that could be trained for his palace, not just from their lineage but also from the children of God.
They were to be skillful, have knowledge and understanding and be men of worth. Included in this bunch were four men of Israel: Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Here, these guys were the ‘underdogs’, because they were captives. I am sure that it didn’t sit well with the other chosen people. The king ordered a particular diet so that they would be well nourished.
But Daniel, being a righteous man, refused to eat the meat and wine. Instead, he requested bland food. The overseer was scared to give them this food in defiance of the king’s directions.
So the four men asked for a test – to give them this food for ten days and, if they looked as well as the others, they would eat this food from now on. In ten days they looked better than all the other guys and the overseer kept his promise and gave them no meat or wine.
Obedience and Blessings
They were also blessed by God (and I believe that this was because of their position of obedience to God). The following verses tell us this: Daniel 1:17-20
As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.
And the king communed with them. And among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore stood they before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
I believe that as children of God, we are to be the standard in the earth, wherever we may be: school, jobs, business, and governments.
We should not go into any place and get caught up in the ‘rat race’ of stepping over people, making folks look bad (so we look good), using our relationships with people to get ahead, and cheating our way into becoming rich or gaining our certificates in our studies.
Men of Integrity
God expects us to be like these men in the Bible. He expects us to have integrity in the things we are called upon to do. We are all different and if God brought us into this earth then we all have a place and a purpose to fulfill.
It means therefore that we must be the best we can possibly be wherever we have been placed because no one else can do what you have been called to do. I encourage you today – lift the standard wherever you may be.
May the Lord Jesus Christ fill you with strength to accomplish your purpose today, Amen.