Daniel 1:3-7  (Click to read NIV or select your preferred translation of the Bible. Please read the scripture first.)

Daniel and his three friends did not seek to be chosen to serve the king, but they were selected because they met the qualifications the king was looking for. They along with all the other young men who were selected were treated like royalty and were in training to serve the Babylonian king. Daniel was given a new name, Belteshazzar, and his three friends were names Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.I always like to find a way to apply each verse to our current day. 

This scripture is basically factual information; however, we might consider how God uses other people and changes they make in our circumstances to show what he can do.

The school I teach in is closing at the end of this school year, so what next year is going to bring me looks like one great big question mark. I have to keep reminding myself that God will be at work in the outcome of the decisions that will be made on my behalf. I have been wishing I could retire to write… We’ll see…

Lord, empower us to relax in the knowledge that you are in control of every aspect of our lives. When things seem shaky and uncertain, help us to lift our eyes off our troubles and up to you with confidence and trust.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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