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Once Daniel and his friends passed the test on diet, they were returned to the lot and trained with the rest. The amazing thing became that, with God’s blessing, they stood out not as radicals or weirdoes, but as the best and the finest among the King’s graduates. They were not just a little better, they were found to be 10 times better. That was no accident or fluke. It was a combination of God’s blessing and the men’s discipline to honor someone other than themselves.

Throughout the Bible’s history, there is a stark difference between those that truly surrender to God’s leadership and those that either compromise or forsake him completely. In this current story, the King of Judah—Jehioakim, totally forsook God and it cost him his kingdom. In all cases where God’s folks follow God’s leadership—they are honored and used to do great things. Abraham, Ruth, Moses, Joshua, Daniel, Mary and Esther are but a few of the Bible greats that were simply faithful and submitted to his leadership.

Today we serve the same God. We can rise to do great things, if we will simply trust him and follow his lead. It may not seem like a big deal at the time, but the impact could change the world—Salad, anyone?

God Bless You

So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

17 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.

18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.

21 And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.