As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
When Daniel and his companions were taken from their homes to live in Babylon all appeared hopeless. There was no indication they would survive much less succeed. Yet we find these young men protected and even promoted.
There are five lessons to be learned from their lives.
Life is not fair, there will be defeats.
If you go through life believing there will never be any problems, you will soon be discouraged. You will not always get what you want. That’s okay. God is able to work through your setbacks to produce great blessings.
Jerusalem was conquered and the people were overcome but God was never defeated. The LORD allowed this to happen due to the nation’s sin of rebellion.
It was part of God’s plan. Israel would be humbled in captivity. The LORD would be magnified in Babylon.
A defeat does not mean that God has been beaten. Our God is too great to be overcome. He has a purpose and plan for your life and is able to carry out His will even through defeat.
There are times in life where all you can do is wait on God to provide. Daniel and his companions were at this point. Nothing could be done to change their situation. The men were required to trust in the LORD to meet their needs.
Their God never let them down. In the midst of a worldly nation the young men received much more than they probably expected.
The LORD is able to provide your needs when they are needed, even following a setback. Because of this there is no need to worry or fret over what is beyond your control. Trust in the LORD. He never fails.
Daniel was given a choice. He could follow after the world or he could remain faithful to the LORD. This seems like an easy decision. For a young man living in a foreign land where one misstep could lead to death, this was a great test of faith.
It was customary in heathen countries to offer portions of the meat and wine up to the gods before each meal. Those that partook in this food included themselves in idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:18-20). That was not the case with Daniel. He refused the food so that he would not dishonor the LORD. This decision was made knowing his life was at stake.
It was not about pleasing himself but obeying the LORD. If you want to glorify God with your life you must purpose in your heart to do so.
What was the result? The young men were given strength to live for God. The LORD’S power enabled them to honor Him and to live for His glory.
We find that God blesses those that separate from the world and live unto Him. No matter where they are. No matter what they are going through. The LORD can provide power to live correctly.
Will you have to deal with defeat? Sure you will. It’s part of life. But, like Daniel, the LORD is able to strengthen you in defeat.