Grace and peace be unto you.
“In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned Daniel and his three friends, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom” (Daniel 1:20).
Were you ever rejected for a position that you thought God wanted you to have? How did you respond? The truth is that, when God chooses you for a position, you will get it. There is no power in heaven or earth that can nullify God’s plan. Scripture says, “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him” (Psalm 115:3), and “No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment” (Isaiah 54:17).
The story is told that Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were among the Israelites who were taken to Babylon when King Nebuchadnezzar captured Judah. It so happened that King Nebuchadnezzar directed his chief of court officials to select the best and most brilliant Israelites from the royal family to join his staff.
In preparation for the king’s decision, God had blessed Daniel and his friends with knowledge and wisdom. Hence, they were selected as candidates. They underwent three years of training followed by an interview process. In accordance with God’s plan, King Nebuchadnezzar found that their wisdom and understanding far supersedes that of his magicians and enchanters. Thus, they were chosen to serve in his palace (Daniel 1).
God’s plan was for Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to influence King Nebuchadnezzar by working in his orbit. And so, he gave them favor and the requisite abilities. After which, he allowed them to be trained in the traditions of Babylon, then he placed them in the various positions. His plan materialized as expected. God has a simple formula for his plan; abilities + favor + training + opportunity.
Regrettably, sometimes we deceive ourselves by believing that we are suited for a specific position when God gave us abilities and favor for something else. As such, we quarrel and are unkind to others when we do not get a promotion or “A promised position.” It can be frustrating and embarrassing being in such situations. Nonetheless, when we submit our desires and plans to God, he directs us on the right path. Scripture says, “He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name” (Psalm 23:3).
Heavenly Father, help us to recognize your favor and trust your guidance. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.