Then the king placed Daniel in a high position 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. Daniel 2:48
Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court. Daniel 2:49
We find our subject Daniel fresh from taking a stand for the King of Kings, being granted the gift of interpreting dreams, delivering the revelation to King Nebuchadnezzar. The king bow and worships him, then acknowledges that Yahweh is God of all Gods, and then gives Daniel a top position in his kingdom, placing him over Babylon entire province. Because of his commitment to the Lord, he has been elevated among men and now finds himself not just in the kings palace, but seated prominently at the gate, over all wise men as well as the province.
Daniel is now a Set Man! He now has authority and power, not just access to authority and power. He is now in charge, and not under the supervision of Eunuchs and handlers, he is making decision and not taking instructions. The King lavishes him with gifts, and now he is owner to wealth an living well beyond any expectations and dreams. Now, we will learn more about Daniel. How will he behave once He is in charge? Will he continue to acknowledge God? Will he respect his peers? Will he worship his possessions? Will he remain humble?
What would you do?
As I look at all we have accomplished and all we have obtained, it is sad to say that many of us once we are able to access a seat at the table, get our foot through the door, get our hands on the controller, most of us loose perspective and sight over what got us through.
See, Daniel is alive because God gave him the ability to interpret dreams, long before there was a dream, and the decree from the king went out to take the life of every wise man under his rule. God rewarded Daniel for seeking and trusting Him, and gave him the gift that would not just save his life, but would get him a seat at the table of the king!
How could Daniel not remember the Lord his God? I guess the same question should be asked of us! How can you forget who gave you the ability to earn wealth? Gave you the talents to complete task and compete in the market place? Helped you through school? Gave you favor with the one in authority?
How can you?
But Daniel does even more than remember his God once he is set into position! Daniel seeks the favor of the king and ask if Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego could be seated too.
Daniel was careful not just to remember who positioned him, but was willing to seek favor and position for those who followed him and sacrificed with him. Daniel was loyal. Unlike many, once seated at the table, Daniel didn’t forget others. He used his position and favor with the king to help others get a seat at the table.
Now, he didn’t just pick anyone!!! Daniel was sure to pick people he knew had the same spiritual basis he had. He chose people that would remember the Lord even though living lavishly. He chose people that displayed spiritual discipline and self control. He knew by serving with them that they would not crater to
Daniel chose those he studied with, and thus he understood they weren’t just