Devotions for March 27, 2017

Daniel 1:17-21

God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams.

18 When the training period ordered by the king was completed, the chief of staff brought all the young men to King Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and no one impressed him as much as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So they entered the royal service. 20 Whenever the king consulted them in any matter requiring wisdom and balanced judgment, he found them ten times more capable than any of the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom.

21 Daniel remained in the royal service until the first year of the reign of King Cyrus.

PREVAILING UNDER PRESSURE

Daniel and his friends were stripped of their homeland, their families and even their names, which were closely tied to their identities. Instead of throwing a pity party, Daniel and his three friends chose to honor God by trusting Him and keeping the Jewish dietary laws in the foreign land of Babylon, where they had been exiled. This obedience bore fruit in their lives.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: How did Daniel’s wisdom and understanding compare to the Babylonian magicians?

Q: Do you find it challenging to stand up for what you know to be true in your Christian faith? How does that play out when you are at work, at school or with your friends?

Q: Daniel boldly spoke up about his faith in the one, true God in a foreign country, and he knew there was risk of persecution. How might you need to speak up about Jesus?

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