Some years ago, I heard an entrepreneur whom I greatly admired, and with whom I had the opportunity to work, say the phrase: “when things are done right, they turn out well.”
That phrase impacted my young mind and my way of working during a time in my life in which I worked on a business project of my own.
This morning, as I studied the story of Daniel in the Bible, I reflected on the keys to his success, and I pondered the question, what must I do to make my life go well?
Today, I would like to share with you an answer to this question based on an excerpt from Daniel’s story.
As we have already mentioned in the previous days in other posts on this blog, Daniel was taken captive to Babylon, along with other young Jewish men.
Once there, he and his friends, among other young men, were selected for Babylonian education, in order to prepare them to become advisers to the king.
One of the king’s orders for their education was to eat the same food that the king ate.
However, these foods were not suitable for Jewish people.
They had been offered to pagan idols and contained meats that God had told them not to eat because they were unclean.
Among other things.
Daniel decided to obey God, and not defile himself with that food.
So he asked his supervisors to give him the opportunity to eat only vegetables and water for ten days.
He told them that if after ten days he and his friends looked bad, they could do with them as they wanted.
It so happened that after ten days, Daniel and his friends looked much better than the other young people who were being trained.
Read with me a couple of verses from the Bible that allow us to see what happened as a result of this:
So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning.
And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.
At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar.
The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service.
In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
| Daniel 1: 16 – 20
Here is the key to what we must do to make life go well for us.
Despite refusing to eat the same foods as everyone else, Daniel hoped to have good results because he trusted God to help him if he remained obedient and faithful to Him and his own personal convictions.
We then see how God honored his faith and his faithfulness by keeping them in the best health and by lavishing wisdom and intellect on them.
God’s blessing was so great that they were ten times better than all the experts and advisers in the Babylonian empire.
His faithfulness and trust in God was the reason God honored his faith.
Without a doubt, Daniel and his friends did well in life.
As I ponder this story, I think this is what we need to do to make life go well for us.
Like Daniel, we must do our best, and stay true to God’s will.
If we do, we can trust that He will work for us as He did for them at that time.
Our faithfulness to God and our integrity by placing our trust in Him are the means by which we allow God to pour out blessings on our lives.
I hope this message has been a blessing in your life.
What do you think? Would you like life to go well for you? What is your experience? Share in the comments.
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