“The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the high officers and protect the king’s interest.” Daniel 6:2
I want to take a few days to look at this popular chapter in order to glean the truths within. Sometimes I believe we miss the hidden treasures in such a passage because all the emphasis goes to Daniel and the lion and not to how we got there. So now we begin.
Daniel is chosen to be a manager. Yes Daniel, one who came to Babylon as a Hebrew captive, forced into service, known for his ability to explain dreams has been chosen. Notice a Babylonian was not selected for this position. I am reminded of Joseph when he was made the man in charge in Egypt. The Egyptian servants would not even eat with him, yet he was the man in charge. Perhaps Daniel thought of this as he took his new position. Perhaps not. We do not know.
Daniel is chosen here to supervise and to protect the king’s interest. Think about this a bit. What would you do if you were selected to serve in such a position? You are a captive, not a free man. Now you have the opportunity to control, to be in charge, perhaps to even make the most of this opportunity. Would you do it well or would you do the bare minimum? Would you do what was in the king’s best interest or would you do what benefits you? Daniel, we will later learn, did a good job. Would you?
These morning meditations written by Christian believer and author, Patricia Hawkins, who offers these meditations for your personal edification. You may contact Patricia at firstname.lastname@example.org.