How do we decide what to do?
At the beginning of each day we have a feast of hours, minutes and seconds ahead of us.
At the end of the day these seem to have all but evaporated.
Daniel is my hero in this matter.
An administrator (possbily a eunuch) who one of the three officials was placed incharge of 120 satraps (no light-weights themselves) Daniel is the "able administrator." The emporer planned to set him over the entire kingdom because he 'so distinguished himself... by his exceptional qualities."
And yet this is a man who prays three times a day.
A man whom the king later says: "has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?"
A person in whom his enemies were unable to find any charges against him beacuse he was neither corrupt nor negligent - and these were not school-yard bullies but very powerful and evil men.
The secret of Daniel's success? Integrity and placing God first. Always.
What a challenge for us.
We constantly need guidance - in things big and small.
Daniel shows the way.
- A man who scheduled the affairs of the empire around his personal prayer time (and the affairs did not suffer - but rather prospered!).
- A man who made consistent stands for what he believed in from the days of his training (sparking perhaps the first recorded dietary case-control study).
- A man who talked to God - and received answers - and acted on them.