[CF Devotionals] 2014-10-06 - What Would Mishael Say?

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Daniel 1:1-4, 7, 17-20

To these four young men, God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. (Daniel 1:17)

Life as I knew it changed in an instant. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took over my beloved Jerusalem, and the king picked me and other young men, to work in his palace. We had no choice in the matter. Surely God had not cast us out. All we had to cling to was that God would bring something good from this horrific situation, and that justice would prevail.

It was not a random choice, who was to work for the king. He chose us based on appearance, intelligence, and compliance. Perhaps in another situation, these attributes would be a compliment, but not in this instance. To top off everything, our first names were changed. They attempted to alter my identity, when they started calling me Meshach. That could never change who I was inside, though.

I did not get to return home, but God did not abandon me. I and three others - Daniel, Shadrach, and Abednego - stood out among the other young men. God gave us four men grand abilities. Daniel received the ability to interpret dreams, while God gave me, Shadrach, and Abednego wisdom and book knowledge.

Lord, I don’t know what I am doing here, and I do not see evidence of things changing. I do know that You said You would never abandon me. I am holding tightly to that promise. Take away these discouraging feelings. I pray all these things in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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