“He who is faithful in a very little thing, is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little thing is dishonest and unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10 (Amplified)
Recently I have been reading a book about prayer that has a lot of references in it regarding the Prophet Daniel. As I read about Daniel I was struck by an idea the writer mentioned that made me think about this passage from Luke. In Daniel 2:48 we read:
“Then the King placed Daniel in a high place and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men”
In a tremendous miracle God exalted Daniel from a simple Hebrew slave to Governor! However this miracle did not happen on a whim. It had its beginnings in Daniel 1:3-20. Here we read that the king ordered that young men without physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, and quick to understand be chosen to serve in the king’s palace. Daniel was among those chosen and was assigned a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years and after that they were to enter the king’s service. Daniel 1:8 tells us:
“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself in this way.”
The official overseeing Daniel was hesitant fearing that Daniel would look in poorer health or malnourished if he allowed him to follow these dietary laws and in turn anger the king. However, God caused the official to show Daniel favor and after testing him for ten days Danel 1:15 says:
“At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.” Daniel was faithful in keeping what would have seemed to many as little dietary laws, but God honored his faithfulness and commitment by exalting him contrary to reason to a place of authority.
.Pastor Scott Burr