by: Caitlyn Domelle
Daniel could have shut down and been mad at God for turning his life upside down, but instead, he thrived and ultimately prospered.
Daniel 6:28 says, “So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.”
Daniel had a perfect vision for his life. He probably thought he would be with his parents for the rest of his childhood, and serve the LORD the rest of his life. He probably thought that he would marry a godly girl who would serve with him, have children whom he would raise to serve the LORD, and most importantly, avoid the enemy (the world) as much as possible. That sounds like an ideal, perhaps even, perfect sounding life, and there was nothing wrong with that…except that was not what God had planned for him.
When Daniel was a child, a wicked king came and destroyed his home. The king took all the best children (without their parents) to live in the palace to be his servants. Daniel was one of those children, and everything that he knew and loved was taken away from him. His dream was shattered!
We already know this king was wicked and did not live a life that pleased God, and because of that, he wanted the captive children to live the same way. He wanted them to look like the world and live like the world. Those children didn’t have their parents to protect them for the first time in their lives, and now they had a VERY important decision: to live for God or for the world.
Now, they could have been mad at God for allowing this king to destroy their homes and take them away. They could have been angry that they would never see their families again. They could have been bitter that the perfect vision they had for their lives was gone forever.
There was no way they would ever have what they wanted back.
When it came time for them to make that very important decision of who to live for, they probably thought about that very thing. They probably thought about it every moment that they could (which as a side note is not a good thing because that will lead to bitterness) and when it came time to make that decision, most of them let that sadness and bitterness to influence and control their answer.
Most of those children decided to live for the world…except for a small group of children. Daniel, being the leader of the group, decided he wasn’t going to let what was taken away from him destroy him. He decided to let God use it to build him into the person he needed to be, and at that moment, something remarkable happened: he found favor in God’s eyes.
God used this circumstance to build Daniel into a great man that is now famous for the stand he took. He convinced his leaders to let him live how God wanted him to live, and he encouraged others to do the same. He even became one of the king’s most trusted advisors, so much so that the king started to believe in Daniel’s God.
This was nowhere near what Daniel originally wanted for his life, but he decided to let God change his vision, and something even greater happened. Those other children who chose to let bitterness control their actions lost out on the great things that God could do through them because, when bitterness controls a person, nothing else can guide them.
What may look to us like the perfect version for our lives may actually be the worst thing for us. We must be willing to let God determine what the best things for us is.
- Be ok with God taking away your vision. Spoiler Alert: He’s got something way better in store.
- It’s ok if you don’t see the new vision immediately; sometimes God can’t show it to you right away.
- NEVER EVER focus on what you lost; it is never a good thing to do. Take away as many things as possible that remind you of what you “lost” so that you don’t think about it. If you find yourself thinking about it, find something else to focus on.
- Replace anything bad with good. That includes memories, habits, and friends.
- Serve God as much as you can in the meantime; He doesn’t use or bless people who are being lazy.
- Do extra things for God that you normally wouldn’t do.
- Try to be a blessing to those around you.
- Remember, something better is coming, just wait.