Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, know-ing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. - Colossians 3:23-24
Daniel and his friends were among the top of their class in Israel. They are described as youths in whom was no defect; they were good-looking, wise, intelligent, and able to serve in the king’s court.
But Israel had worshiped God with words only, not their whole heart. Daniel 1:2 tells how Daniel and the other youths were facing the consequences of others’ sin and failures. That doesn’t seem quite right. Daniel and his friends were taken out of their comfortable surroundings into a land that detested the God of Israel.
What was God doing? God allowed the takeover of Israel, and the youths were being assimilated into another culture. We would call this quite an unfortunate circumstance. We don’t know if Daniel and his friends were upright and God-honoring in Israel, but we do know they made a choice not to defile themselves in Babylon. And God went before them and moved in mighty ways. He had everything planned out for His glory.
In the workplace, have you had to face the consequences of someone else’s failure? Have you been troubled by another company takeover? Have things been going along smoothly, and suddenly there is a buyout or a shakeup of management? The boss you had is out, and another boss, who you don’t quite get along with, takes over? Just like Daniel, choose not to defile yourself–trust God that the Lord gave your company into the hands of another by His divine order and look for ways to honor Him.
Grace Community Church
Raleigh, North Carolina
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