Devotional – When Your Steps Are Excellent

God-Given Gift


Daniel was appointed to be the King’s chief governor over all the wise men of Babylon. This was because of his God-given gift to interpret the King’s dream. Many Kings after still had Daniel in an authoritative position because of his character.

In Daniel 6, King Darius wanted to set up his kingdom in a particular order and had three presidents over all the junior rulers. He appointed Daniel to be one of the three presidents.

Verse three says, “Then this Daniel was distinguished above the presidents and the satraps because an excellent spirit was in him, and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.”

Daniel wasn’t a Persian or any other native of the kingdom of Babylon. He actually was a captive when they raided God’s people and took everything they had including all the strong men and all the gold from them. They even took the very utensils they used in the house of God.

Excellence above All

Now, for Daniel to serve in the King’s palace was one thing. But Daniel showed such excellence, together with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that an unholy king made them rulers in his kingdom.

And other kings after him continued to appoint these men to powerful positions over their own people. Daniel was eventually appointed over all the other presidents who were over all the people. I guess you can say that he was second to the king alone!

This excellence certainly took time to be developed in Daniel. But it happened because Daniel made sure he served God. And he chose to be more like God. In an environment where every ungodly thing may have happened, even right down to the food they ate, they chose to be different. And that choice to be different allowed excellence to develop.

He can cause you to prosper

This tells me that no matter where life places you, and I mean anywhere, when the Lord is your God – it doesn’t matter to Him. He makes an oasis in the desert. Can He not cause you to prosper in the place He brought you?

I believe that children of God should always be the best, the excellent, the most knowledgeable, the most gifted, every good thing. Why? Because God gave us talents and dreams.

And, God gives us the wisdom and every other thing we may require to succeed in this life. And no, it’s not for our own benefit, though we do benefit. It is to show God’s glory to the world around us.

Psalm 37:23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

Today I encourage you to be excellent in all things that you do, and allow God to be glorified in it. May God give you wisdom, courage and strength to deal rightly in all that you do, Amen.

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