I sat down to read my scripture verses for the day and was inspired to begin reading the book of Daniel. It had been a long time since I had looked at this book. In fact, I wasn't sure if I had ever really read the whole book. I know that I had read bits and pieces about Shadrack, Meeshack and Abednego, but studying this book is something I hadn 't done. So, I have decided to take on this challenge, the book of Daniel.
In his hometown, Daniel was set aside with a few other men of intelligence and skill to be destined as the upcoming leaders of his country. It was looking like Daniel's life was being set up to be pretty good, with a fair amount of power and wealth in his future. Then his land was seized by an opposing king, Nebuchadnezzar, and Daniel was taken away to serve a new king and a new set of God's.
I found it most amazing that with all of this turmoil and change in his life, Daniel still stood strong in his faith in the the God of heaven and did not fall for the other god's of the king. Daniel was ordered by his new ruler to eat and drink, dress, and even live a certain way, all of which were drastically in opposition to his was of living for God. Instead of conforming to his new king's wishes, Daniel used his talents and gifts from God to conform those around him. By doing so, Daniel was able to continue to serve God and see manifestations of Him in his life.
There is a plan for each of us. Daniel teaches us that no matter what our circumstance, we must continue to love and serve the Lord. By doing so, His plan will manifest in a magnificent and glorious way. We may never know what the future holds, so we must hold on to the one who knows our future. For it has been written that he will never leave us nor forsake us. Look around today, in your own life, and see the glory of the Lord at work and be thankful for the plan he has given you as it is perfect...just like you.