Few people understand the fundamental principle behind God’s giving. Contrary to the opinions of some, God does not operate a giant saltshaker in Heaven and sprinkle His favor upon people at a whim. His love is unconditional, but His choicest blessings are rewarded to the faithful.

A great example worthy of consideration is that of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Today’s Scripture shows us God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom. They were not randomly selected as next in line for a blessing among the hundreds of Jewish youths deported to Babylon. The outstanding characteristic which distinguished these men from their peers was their decision to honor the dietary laws of God and refrain from eating the king’s meat. It was for this reason God blessed them.

Their story is consistent with a principle we see throughout Scripture and history: God is a Rewarder of faithfulness. If we desire to be faithful, we must be men and women of action. We have to make decisions and take stands which honor Him. That is when God blesses. In His infinite wisdom, God uses His blessings in our lives as proof to the unbelieving world that He exists. As we faithfully await and receive the blessings of God, we have the wonderful opportunity of being a testimony for Him.

Are you waiting for a particular blessing from God? I challenge you to get busy serving Him. Perhaps you are already serving the Lord. Then I admonish you to stay busy. You might not think anyone notices your faithfulness, but I want to assure you God does. He will reward you in due time.

Be content with doing with calmness the little which depends on yourself and let all else be to you as if it were not. — François Fénelon

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.