Qualified to serve – Daniel 1-3 – September 19

I marvel at the young man named Daniel in the Bible.  He was young when he was taken into captivity in Babylon in about 605 B.C., and Daniel was of royalty and nobility.  The young men who were chosen to reside in the house of the king had to be young, without any physical defect, handsome, showing an aptitude for every kind of learning, well-informed, and quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the King’s Palace.

I thought about these qualifications and wondered if I were to set them up to the one I serve, King of Kings and Lord of All what might they look like. First thing I see is God is not concerned with our outward appearance, he is concerned with our heart. It does not matter to Him if we have a physical disability or disfigurement.  It does not matter to Him if we are beautiful or handsome to look at, but what about the rest? I would love to hear what you all think about this question, before I answer.  Share with me your thoughts on an aptitude for every kind of learning, being well-informed, quick to understand and qualified to serve.

In chapter 2 we are introduced to a precious gift that God has given Daniel, and Daniel, as we shall learn, uses this gift wisely.  Throughout the book of Daniel we will see many ways in which Daniel is tested and each time He comes through as He relies completely on God and what he knows to be true about the God he serves. Daniel trusted God because Daniel knew God. What about you…. Do you know God? Do you trust God?

Until next time – Be encouraged,


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I became a writer in my later years. I love blogging and sharing life with others. I speak to women's groups about the Christian life.
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2 Responses to Qualified to serve – Daniel 1-3 – September 19

  1. Jack Bass says:

    Daniel 1. After King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took Jerusalem he took all yhe valuables that was in the city and then he hand picked all the youth of Jerusalem but he only wanted the handsomest and the smartest and without any physical defects. He wanted to school them in his countries way of doing things including the worship of Idols, them after he brainwashed them they would be subject to him and do his bidding. The chief official over them gave four of them new names, to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.These names were Arabic names. Daniel told the official over them they didn’t want to defile themselves with the food presented to them. The official said if they didn’t eat the kings food he would lose his head. Daniel devised a plan that after two weeks of eating their own food he could compare them to others who had eaten the Kings food. After two weeks they were better than the others so it was decided they could eat their own food. At the end of the three years of brainwashing the they were presented to King Nebuchadnezzar. He took a liking to the four men and they were in his service till the first year of King Cyrus. Chapter 2. King Nebuchadnezzar had a bad dream like we all have had at one time or another. He couldn’t forget it however and couldn’t sleep because of the dream. He summoned all the wise men of the country and asked them to interpret the dream but he didn’t tell them what the dream was. He wanted them to tell him what it meant and if they couldn’t he was going to kill them all. Of course they couldn’t tell him. They told him no one could interpret the dream without knowing the dreams content. He ordered all the wise men killed. The official over Daniel told him of this and Daniel after prayer with his friends, God in a vision revealed to Daniel what the dream meant. Daniel did interpret the dream for the King and the King fell at his feet praising him and his God. Daniel of course took no credit for interpreting the dream, he gave all the credit to God. Daniel after his interpreting the Kings dream told the King that his God was going to setup a kingdom that would never be destroyed and that in doing so he was going to destroy all the unbelieving kingdoms of this world and Gods kingdom would last forever. I believe this was foretelling us all of the end of the world as we know it. Chapter 3. In this chapter it describes King Nebuchadnezzar building a great idol so that his whole kingdom might worship it. He told his officials that all people would have to worship the Idol of they would be thrown into a blazing hot furnace. Of course Daniel and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. would do no such thing. When told of this the King was furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and he told them they would worship his God or into the furnace they would go. They weren’t afraid as they were sure God would protect them. The furnace was heated super hot and the three were placed in it. The reading doesn’t tell us why Daniel wasn’t put in with them.The fire in the furnace never singed a hair on their heads. A fourth person was seen in the furnace with them and I bet that was Jesus. What do you think? The King was so impressed with the God of these three that he promoted all of them to positions in Babylon. Do you suppose that he might have been a little afraid of their God and what he might do to him. I also think with this supernatural event taking place at the first few years of their captivity made it easier on them for the rest of their captivity.
    These are just my thoughts on these events and may or may not be correct. In Christ, Jack.

    Father God what a miraculous thing you did in saving these men from death from the fiery furnace. This event proves to me without a shadow of a doubt that you are the one and only God. Be with me throughout the rest of my life and give me, like these three men had the courage to speak your name to all I meet. I ask for blessings on my church as well as our missionaries. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.


  2. Marian Bass says:

    I agree that God looks at the heart and does not care about physical appearences. I think God also know what we are able to do with what he has given us. He knows what are abilities are and are we using what He has given us to the best of our abilities. If we don’t try and use His gifts and our knowledge then He judges us accordingly. But it doesn’t change our standing in salvation that was determined when we accepted Christ.


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