Heavenly Princess

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in spirit and wisdom

Excellence Series, part 6 of 7 (click here for the introduction and links to each post)
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This guest post was written by my sister Moriah, who is studying Daniel. I asked her to share what she’s learned about this man who was esteemed among men because of his excellent spirit.

Maturity is measured by how well we function.
How well we function is dependent on these four things:
Our correspondence with God
Our connection to other people
Our commitment to follow God’s path
Our capability to achieve our purpose in life

Our correspondence with God

“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” ~Daniel 6:10 ESV

A constant and consistent conversation with God is needed for you to carry on with life in a God glorifying way. You cannot know what someone else wants of you unless you communicate, why would it be different with God?

“Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, ‘O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments…'” ~Daniel 9:3-5 ESV

Our connection to other people

“Daniel replied with prudence and discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon.” ~Daniel 2:14 ESV

Daniel’s correspondence with God was so strong that he knew what God wanted from him and he was able to respectfully request a diet change from the man set over him.

Daniel was also held in high regard by each succeeding generation. When mysterious writing appeared on the wall, the queen spoke up and told of a man who would solve the writing.

“There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him…because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel…Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.” ~Daniel 5:11-12 ESV

Our commitment to follow God’s path

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.'” ~Daniel 3:16-18 ESV

Although these men were stripped away from their physical heritage, there is no question that they stood firmly on their spiritual foundation. Their stand unquestionably shook King Nebuchadnezzar’s foundation, resulting in a shift to the altar of the true King.

“Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, ‘Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?’ They answered and said to the king, ‘True, O king.’
Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, ‘Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.'” ~Daniel 3:24,28-29 ESV

Our capability to achieve our purpose in life

As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. ~Daniel 1:17 ESV

God placed Daniel and his friends in a unique position where they could serve and bless their captors while still remaining true to their God. This is the instance where Jeremiah 29:11 can be properly applied. His plan isn’t the natural or easy thing to do while in exile or suffering, but it is in that place that we must remain faithful.

“And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.” ~Daniel 1:19-20 ESV

May this one day be said to you as it was said to Daniel:
I have heard of you that the spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.

Follow Daniel’s example of not only functioning in a difficult situation, but thriving – with excellence.

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