Can GOD Trust You? He that has ears let him hear:
GOD will raise you up, sometimes to a prominent position so that you can deal with the operating principalities and powers from the inside. In Daniel's story, he is raised up because GOD had chosen him for a greater purpose. Daniel had an excellent spirit within him and he was found more skilled than all the men in the Babylonian Kingdom, in other words, he was "smarter and more intelligent" than all the counselors, astrologers, magicians, and sorcerers put together. Daniel had the wisdom and favor of the LORD upon his life, and as a result, GOD was able to use him.
Had Daniel been a lazy, non-committed servant who let his daily struggles defeat him all the time, He would not have been moved into a position of power. Think about it. Daniel was falsely accused; his colleges conspired against him, which ultimately led to a warrant of arrest and death sentence.
Yet, Daniel, whose name means "GOD is my Judge", maintained his "cool". He remained composed in behavior and steadfast in his faith in GOD. Daniel's faithfulness, integrity, commitment, and non-compromising witness is what preceded his promotion. GOD knew that He could trust Daniel and that Daniel would represent Him in an excellent and profound way.
Many Christians today, want promotion without the sacrifice of even doing the basic requirements of loving one's neighbor. We are rude, say we love GOD on the inside but publicly misrepresent Him on the outside. We cheat on our families, lie to get by or advance in our personal motives, while still proclaiming GOD's blessing over our lives. We sing in choirs to minister in the ministry of song but dislike and won't talk to the sister sitting right next to us. This is self deception at its highest peak. Sadly, the most elevated move some of us will ever experience is the changing of one room to the next to get our spiritual diapers changed by the seasoned and mature saints or spiritual parents who are willing to deal with your issues (((again))) and endure the smell of it too. And all because you refuse to grow up and start eating the meat of GOD's Word, thereby, remaining a baby needing bibs, diapers, correction, and a time out corner all the time.
Then there are more of us who GOD will never allow to be placed in a prominent position in the palace like Daniel, Joseph, and Esther. Why? Because we do not know how to walk in godly integrity. Could you imagine if Daniel had cursed out his king like some of us profane our president, prime minister, and leaders of today? Daniel had EVERY RIGHT to become angry when the decree that at the sound of the trumpet all citizens must bow before the golden statue. Had he done that, he would have spoiled the greater plan GOD had in bringing a king and a nation to its knees.
GOD has great plans for us. but only those that know their GOD will discern and make full use of the opportunities and resources given to them. Your gift will make room for you, but when it does, can GOD trust you? ~2015 Narda Goodson
Scriptures to Meditate on:
Daniel 11:32 - And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.