Daniel 1:8, In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. 3Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, 4youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. 5The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. 6Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. 7And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.8But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.

Matthew 6:33, But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

This week’s radio thoughts will examine the life of Daniel in order to see the four important commitments that he made which allowed him to attain success even in difficult circumstances. If you remember the story of Daniel, he was taken from his homeland and forced to live in a strange and distant place; however, Daniel made some very important decisions that allowed him to become successful.

The first decision that Daniel made was- He chose to live a life of purpose. Even as a young boy in a strange land, Daniel was immediately faced with a challenge to violate God’s law by eating the king’s food. Despite his youth and the obvious pressures to conform, the Bible tells us that Daniel “purposed in his heart” to uphold the law of God, no matter the cost. (Daniel 1:8)

In the New Testament, Jesus also encouraged us to live a life with purpose by stating, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 In other words, Jesus was saying, we need to live a life of purpose. The purpose should be to Honor God. When we honor God, those other things we so desperately desire will be added to us.

A life of purpose was the first key to Daniel’s success. Follow me tomorrow and I will share with you the second secret of Daniel’s success.

Take care and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton


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