Daniel was a man who refused to live as a passive victim of circumstance. If it hadn’t been for the hostile takeover of Judah by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel’s life would have been quite predictable. He would have attended a great school. He would have married a godly woman and would have occupied a prominent place in the temple.
But life didn’t turn out the way Daniel planned. Instead, he was forced to spend his life serving the Babylonian king.
Yet, he decided to honor God and refused to eat the king’s defiled food. Daniel’s courage and initiative found great favor with Nebuchadnezzar.
What do you do when you end up in Babylon? Do you find ways to persist, to endure, and to grow? Or do you betray your deepest commitments?
We need to become spiritually resilient like Daniel.