Once upon time there was a handsome, intelligent, well educated young man who God blessed with skills in administration and leadership. This young man and his friends were found to have more wisdom and understanding than any of their contemporaries. He was employed as a senior advisor for the state government.
One might expect that we would find this young man working with peers who respected him, and a leader who supported him. We might anticipate stories of how he served in a leadership capacity at his local church.
Instead we find him working with an employer who wants to roast him alive. We discover he works with co-workers who want nothing more than to feed him to the lions. We learn that he works in a foreign land far from any Christian fellowship. He didn’t go to this job as a missionary, in fact he didn’t even choose this job. He was forced to work in this job.
What’s fascinating is that his story is all about God, and that God is the hero in his story!
This young man’s name was Daniel.
We find Daniel working in Babylon, where the tower of Babel was built, where the confusion of tongues erupted.
It is in his job in Babylon where Daniel sees God’s grace in his life. Because Daniel chose through his conduct to make God the hero of his story, Daniel demonstrates to the people of Babylon who God is.
There are many principles that Daniel chose to live by which made God the hero in his story. Here are seven of them:
- First Daniel knew he was where he was, because of the hand of the Lord. Daniel knew there was nothing accidental or incidental in his life.
- Second Daniel knew what God has promised. Daniel knew that God had more than sufficient power to keep His promises. As a result, Daniel lived in a spirit of expectancy that God would hear and answer the prayers of his heart. The only way you are going to discover whether God keeps His promises is to step out in faith and obedience and commit yourself to the promises of God in this place where you find yourself, in this moment.
- Third Daniel didn’t view his experiences in Babylon as a series of isolated nightmares. Instead he accepted them in faith as important and connected punctuation marks in the biography of grace God was writing in his life.
- Fourth Daniel chose to live righteously before God. Daniel chose to maintain a state of separation to God from the evil around him; even when it appeared as though there was no one to whom he could turn for help.
- Fifth Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself before any opportunity to defile himself arose. Daniel was faced with many opportunities to defile himself, but having purposed before these opportunities arose, Daniel was able to act with consistency, integrity and poise.
- Sixth – For Daniel, God’s smile on his life meant more to him than the smile or the friendship or the approval of any human being. This doesn’t mean Daniel was a recluse. Rather the opposite, Daniel had at least three close companions. What it does mean, is that when faced with a choice, Daniel chose to glorify God, rather than considering what is coworkers would think or say.
- Seventh Daniel chose to worship the Creator where he worked. Daniel chose to worship the Creator in the land where the tower of Babel was built, where the confusion of tongues erupted, as if he was worshipping God in the tabernacle in Jerusalem.
By choosing to live righteously before God, by choosing to allow God to be the hero of his story, Daniel was blessed by God with the wisdom to speak God’s revelation and truth in the life of three Kings over a period of 60 years. Because of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar’s magicians, conjurors, and wise men lives were spared (Dan 2:12ff).
What might God do through your life if you chose to make Him the hero in the story of your life in your workplace?