Daniel 1:5 – They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah.
The book of Daniel begins at the time when Babylon conquered Assyria, a time that had been foretold by Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah. Josiah had ruled well in Judah but his son, Jehoiakim did what was evil in the sight of the Lord (2Kin23), and the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into Nebuchadnezzar’s hand (1:1). After seizing Jerusalem, the king of Babylon sent out this command:
“Bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace.”
Judah had been going through a turbulent time and there was particular turmoil within the royal family. Daniel was, at the least, from among the noble families and at this time he may have been unsure about his future. What we know for certain is that he was absolutely sure about his God. I would also be convinced that regardless of the waywardness of king Jehoiakim, Daniel remained steadfast in the ways of the Lord. He may have been surrounded by chaos but within the eye of storm he stood on firm ground.
We never know what life is going to throw at us and sometimes change comes without warning. It can be unsettling, causing things to be a bit disjointed for a while and can leave us feeling unsure about our future. However, just like Daniel, we never need to be unsure about our God – “For I the Lord do not change” (Mal3:6).He will always be our firm ground and he has blessed us in providing a secure sanctuary where we can take refuge and just rest in His presence.
Don’t worry when you can’t see the bigger picture; trust that you are part of God’s divine will and purpose and live by your faith.