*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*DANIEL REMAINED IN THE KING'S COURT.*
Dan 2:49 *Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
What controls your life? Is it God or your decisions?
When Daniel *...sat in the gate of the king*, he dwelt and abided there.
Daniel did not leave the king's court in spite of his many horrifying encounters in Babylon.
The story of Daniel's loyalty and continued companionship from the gate tells and teaches us his commitment to the course that wherever God had destined him, the same place he shall remain.
God's allocation became his location. God's will became his way and will.
Daniel found himself in Babylon because God gave the Jewish nation up to captivity. He found himself in Babylon, not by his choice but by God's punishment for the continued disobedience of Israel against God.
In obedience to God's judgment, he went on to thrive successfully in the most difficult times anyone could have least imagined.
The following series on Daniel hopes to address how we could search ourselves by asking whether it is God or our choices that direct us in life.
Daniel's life in Babylon teaches us to ask ourselves this question: 'What directs or controls your life? Is it God or your decisions?
Today, in looking at this question, we will look at two reasons that lead us to conclude that Daniel's life was not controlled by his desires but by God.
Let us first look at Daniel's background and what we can learn.
First, Daniel's background teaches us that his life and destiny were controlled by God.
Daniel's journey to Babylon was a fulfillment of prophecies. 2 Kgs 20:18 and Isaiah 39:6-7,
2 Kgs 20:18 *And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.*
lsaiah 39:6-7 *Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord.*
*And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.*
These prophecies came during the days of Hezekiah, one of God's most fearing kings of Judah.
Daniel's origin is traceable to this king, and his predicaments as captive in Babylon are blameable to the king's unguarded exposure of the palace's treasure to Babylonian visitors who came to him.
Second, it is believed that Daniel's God- fearing attribute was acquired during the reign of Josiah (the last of the righteous kings of Judah) and he was taken captive in the reign of Jehoiakim, another king of Judah, Dan 1:1-2.
Church history has it that Daniel was approximately 17 or 18 years when he was carried away into captivity and being a royal blood from a monarch was chosen as intelligent and quick to learn which was a condition required by his captors, Dan 1:2-4.
Daniel's life teaches us that wherever we find ourselves in life, we must be sensitive to what God wants for us, not what we want for ourselves.
Our characters move God more than the challenges we face.
There are people who flee captivity. There are people who flee where God had placed them to fulfill a personal and desired conclusion.
In spite of Daniel's tough experiences in Babylon, he *...remained at the king's court*
Where are you?
Nothing could make Daniel change his location.
*Call to Word action.*
God's location for you is not without its challenges.
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Rather than change his mind and character, Daniel's character helped him to inflence Babylon.
Lord, help me by controlling my life, in Jesus name.
Good morning all, and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.