Friday, November 17th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 40)
Four Jewish Orphans
Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself...
Daniel 1:6-8 (NKJV)
When Babylon besieged Jerusalem and its people were utterly starving; when enemy soldiers broke through the wall and killed all of its leading citizens; when they looted God's glorious temple and began to raze the entire city...
They chose some handsome boys from noble homes and took them to Babylon for training... to work in the very same government that destroyed their families and nation.
Even so, these orphans* would rise and shine for the Lord Who remained their constant Guide. They became undeniable heroes, surviving furnaces and lion's dens. Through them, earth's greatest king discovered God.
What can you learn from these famous children?
1) Make the best of the worst situations, trusting that God has a mission for you. The boys didn't mope, and they didn't hate. Instead, they excelled in all their studies, as immigrants are often known to do.
2) Children are notably resilient and adaptable to new surroundings. Their minds remain ready for adventure and their hearts can be easily mended. Wise adults do well who learn from their kids.
To Be Continued...
* While God's Word doesn't specifically say the parents of these 4 boys were killed, it does say the army of Babylon killed almost everyone and/or took them captive. Daniel (and most likely his friends) lived his entire life in Babylon. Therein he/they became orphans.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.