“Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts; and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon. Also Daniel petitioned the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego over the affairs of the province of Babylon; but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.” Daniel 2:48-49
Daniel not only had his life spared, but he was promoted to high office – and he made sure his friends were also promoted. It was fitting that Daniel’s friends got to share in his advancement, because they accomplished much of the victory through their prayers. In every life, there are pivotal moments when destiny is defined for that person. The decisions made at those crucial times usually set the course for the rest of our lives. Daniel served and obeyed God and we can see that God provided for him and his friends. If we obey God and live for Him, He will exalt us in all that we do for Him.
God allows us to face obstacles in order for us to grow. One minute life can be going perfectly well and you couldn’t imagine anything happening to change that. I’m sure that Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had no idea what kind of trials they were headed for. Looking ahead, we know who ultimately came out on top, but that doesn’t take away from the stress they went through during that time. Keep your eyes on the Lord and you will get through anything that comes your way. Remember to walk with Him in the good times so that when trials come, you will have the strength to get through.
“The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, The Rock of my salvation! It is God who avenges me, and subdues the peoples under me; He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; you have delivered me from the violent man.” (2 Samuel 22:47-49)