The king was angry and very furious, and gave the command to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. So the decree went out, and they began killing the wise men; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them.
Daniel is a man of excellence and vision. In fact, the Book of Daniel joins the Book of Revelation to describe the end of earth as we know it--and the beginning of earth as God sees it.
In chapter two, King Nebuchadnezzar has a troubling dream that 'The wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers' (Daniel 2:27) of Babylon neither knew nor understood. Infuriated by their pretense of wisdom, the king orders all the wise men killed, including Daniel.
But God reveals his dream to Daniel. Consequently, the king not only believes in Daniel, but he believes in God. Why? Because Daniel gives God the credit: 'There is a God in Heaven Who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days' (Daniel 2:28).
Daniel lives a long life of commendation as God's brave visionary in Babylon. In every moment of victory or seeming defeat, Daniel defers all honor to God.
'My God sent His angel, and He shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me' (Daniel 6:22).
Therefore, Daniel possesses two major attributes of success: vision and humility.
'I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions' (Joel 2:28). Because 'Where there is no vision, the people perish' (Proverbs 29:18).
In addition, God says that 'Humility comes before honor' (Proverbs 18:12), and 'The Lord lifts up the humble' (Psalm 147:6); we see that God's performers receive honor and elevation through humility.
Therefore, actors, models, and talent for Christ must believe their vision from God, release pride, and embrace humility to achieve success in the foreign land of Hollywood.
Like Daniel, you are God's ambassador. Your performance can change the world.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Strangers In Hollywood series.