Today’s Scripture: It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Daniel 6:1-3
Daniel was just a young man when his country was brutally attacked. Most likely, many people that he knew lost their lives. He was unceremoniously dragged off to Babylon with several of his peers. It seems he had some “good blood” as he was one of the young men chosen to be in the palace.
It is here where we see another lesson from the life of Daniel: God elevates, and God lowers. God lifted Daniel up to a position of power. It was not because Daniel sought it or angled for a special appointment. God elevated Daniel because he was humble.
In contrast, we see one of the kings Daniel worked for being humbled. Nebuchadnezzar was lifted up with pride, and God quickly humbled him. Nebuchadnezzar spent some time out in the wilderness, eating grass like an ox, until he came to his senses.
Daniel was humble. He purposed in his heart, he kept doing the small things, and eventually was elevated to be the Prime Minister for two world empires. God rewards, but the greatest thing that He gives is not money. It is not power or prestige. The greatest thing that God gives is the ability for us to show that He is the true God.
How about you? Do you spend your days at work trying to promote yourself? Do you get upset when others get elevated above you? Remember this lesson from Daniel – God elevates, and God lowers. Purpose in your heart that you will have the same attitude as Daniel.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.