Thought: We will fall in different situations, but despite the challenges, we have a God that wants to be our companion through it all.
“…Be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
Reading: 2 Kings 20: 14-18, Daniel 1: 1-4
“Why do I have to work here?” This is a question that most of us ask when we don’t like our jobs or employment situation. “Why can’t I be like the other people that seem successful and joyful? Why is it that I have to struggle so much?” The answers to these questions most times lie in our past. Sometimes we look at individuals that we deem to be successful, but we have not a clue to how they got where they are. Some individuals were born into riches, that is, they benefit from the work put in by their forefathers, and others are reaping directly from what they themselves have sowed. It is also important to not measure one’s success to that of others. What one individual might do to achieve success might be way less than what you have to do. So it’s best to focus on your own race.
There is also the situation of individuals suffering because of God’s judgement (Adam and by extension all of us). This was what happened in the case of Daniel also. Daniel himself wasn’t the cause of his situation for it was prophesized generations before his birth that they would be taken captive.
“Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? And from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon. And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them. And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord. Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord. And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” 2 Kings: 20: 14-18
“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.” (Daniel 1:1-4)
From general sight it would appear that Daniel was dealt a bad hand. Can you imagine, a young man of royal lineage dragged away to serve another king? He was probably looking forward to being “fruitful and multiplying” only to find out he’ll be castrated into a eunuch. For many young men today that would be the most horrifying thing. Daniel’s manhood was taken away. He had to forget about having children. This had to be a painful experience both physically and emotionally. Then after being robbed of his manhood, he was then put to serve a heathen king that practiced idolatry. He had a rather sticky situation to deal with.
But what did Daniel do? Did he fold his hand and say I’m done? Did he turn his back on his God for allowing this? Did he try to sabotage his new master? NO! He served as unto God. Daniel didn’t allow the fate that he was dealt to make him anything less. We have to do the same. A very popular part of Jamaican culture is the sorrel drink during the Christmas season. In making the drink you’ll have to boil ginger and pour that hot ginger water over the picked sorrel in a container. This is usually left to sit overnight. Once the container is reopened the water becomes a reddish-crimson taking on the colour characteristics of the sorrel. We have to ensure that when we are placed in adverse situation (hot water) we don’t allow the situations to change us but we instead display our true godly character and infuse the situation with a testimony of our God.
To extract the fragrance from perfume a crushing process takes place. It is no different with us. When we are persecuted and we behave in a godly manner, a sweet smelling fragrance goes up to the Lord. So even though you might find yourself in a desperate situation that may or may not be any fault of yours, know that it is not the end of the road. Just serve and trust your God. We will fall in different situations, but despite the challenges, we have a God that wants to be our companion through it all.
Tip of the Day: Focus on those things about your job that you appreciate.
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