Tuesday, September 11

Faithfulness rewarded

Scripture: Daniel 1-2, Revelation 16

Daniel 1:17 God gave these four young men knowledge and understanding in every kind of literature and wisdom. Daniel also understood visions and dreams of every kind.

Observation

Daniel and his 3 friends did not want to defile themselves with the king’s diet in Babylon—they wanted to be faithful to the Jewish dietary laws as an expression of their faith.  They were in exile in Babylon, but were still trying to be true to their faith in God.  

Consequently, God gave them unrivaled knowledge and understanding.  The text doesn’t say that this gift was a reward for their faithfulness, but it seems a logical connection as the text moves from the story of their faithfulness directly to this verse: “God gave them”.  It’s clear that “knowledge and understanding in every kind of literature and wisdom” was not a result of their diet; it was a gift from God.  But I think this gift was given because of their faithfulness to Him.  

Application

Some years ago, I did a series of talks called “Be Blessable.”  We looked at verses that promised God’s blessing and noted the conditions that God seemed to bless.  This is an example of that principle.  

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

God is looking for people to bless!  What does He look for?  Hearts that are fully committed to Him—like Daniel and his friends.  People who are faithful to God.  

I want to be one of those people.  In every situation, I want to be faithful to God.  Like Daniel and his friends, we are living in a culture that is far from God.  What does it look like to be faithful to God in our culture, in every day circumstances?  

Prayer: Lord, help my heart be fully Yours.  And show me today what faithfulness to You looks like in each situation I’m in.