Today’s passage says this: “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.”
My brother, my sister, are you in a position where you have to start something that is new to you? Sometimes we turn to men and books while God is there. Today’s verse tells us that Daniel and his friends learned all they could about their new culture first, so they could do their work with excellence But while they learned, they maintained steadfast allegiance to God, and God gave them skill and wisdom.
My friend, no whatever what is new to you can become old school when God gives you the skills and wisdom. Yet, the part you have to play is to learn what you need to learn first and remain faithful to Him. Many believers want God’s intervention in front of new situations (to adapt to a new culture, a new job, a new relationship, a new environment, etc…) but how many are willing to do their parts? It is like going to an exam without revising, but with the hope that the Lord will do the exam for us. That will never happen: unless you first fill your tank with petrol, the Lord cannot light it up! Indeed, in His Sovereign will, He can do it, bu He has given us the freedom to choose and does not impose His will on us. Thus, unless you learn the lesson first, the Holy Spirit cannot recall you what you need to write during the exam. We should then understand that God is willing to give us wisdom and understanding of things we do not know for us to excel in our positions and become competent leaders in our leaders in our generation, but for this to happen we are required to show our allegiance to God first. Can He really trust you with great secrets, great things, great knowledge? If He did it with Daniel, David and Joseph… He can and wants to do it with any of us too! But why doesn’t He do it? Because many of us are filled with personal ambitions, many of us do not know how to keep our tongue, many of us do not love our neighbours as Jesus taught us to. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.