Friday, June 29th, 2012
Strangers In Hollywood (Part 3)
Lessons from Daniel: Basic Training
And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king's delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king.
Daniel 1:5 (NKJV)
Abraham trusted God for 25 years before Isaac was born. Jacob served in Haran for 20 years before claiming his birthright. Joseph labored in prison administration for 13 years before becoming governor of Egypt.
Moses fled from royalty to become a shepherd for 40 years before shepherding two million Jews to freedom. David battled friends and enemies for 15 years before becoming Israel's greatest king. Jesus submitted to His parent's authority for 30 years before beginning His ministry.
Consider Daniel's training in Babylon. In it, he learned a new culture, a new language, a new lifestyle, and new rules. Throughout his alien indoctrination, he exercised wisdom and self-control. He used diplomacy in refusing 'The king's delicacies' (Daniel 1:8)--including wine (see Daniel 1:8-16).
The result? He maintained his identity as a Jew, honored God, stayed sober, grew stronger, and excelled in his training. In addition, Daniel never condemned his idol-worshipping rulers. Daniel's life presents an interesting parallel to faithful performers living in Hollywood.
Daniel patiently and diligently prepared for his mighty mission. As did every leader in the Bible.
So how do today's shooting stars compare to God's slow risers? Unprepared. That's how they compare. Unprepared. The result? Instead of becoming guiding stars, they become unguided missiles--living rich and wild for a time. Harming rather than helping their followers.
So prepare. Follow the examples of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Daniel, and Jesus. Complete your basic training. God's starring roles will surely come, but only to His performers who are well-prepared.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Strangers In Hollywood series.