When we go to church we hear about the story of Daniel but it is usually about him and the lion’s den. You don’t always hear how he was friends with the three Hebrew boys who were thrown in the fiery furnace. Daniel’s entire story is one of amazement. He had so many ups and downs with having favor in waves and having his faith in God questioned and tested. Daniel was a man of integrity. He was faithful and unwavering. Regardless of what things looked like and what man did to Daniel he never doubted God. This is the type of faith we must have in this day and time. We must be unwavering and know without any doubt that God is going to bring us through.
The scripture below tells how Daniel was chosen to be before the king. You get to see a glimpse of Daniel’s physical appearance and you learn about his friends the Hebrew boys. From the physical description of Daniel he could have been arrogant because he was smart and handsome, yet he remained humble. He also surrounded himself with friends who had the same integrity, character and faith that he had. You should spend some time reading the story of Daniel and get to know him. You will gain strength and your faith will be increased by his story.
Good News Translation (GNT)
3 The king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief official, to select from among the Israelite exiles some young men of the royal family and of the noble families. 4 They had to be handsome, intelligent, well-trained, quick to learn, and free from physical defects, so that they would be qualified to serve in the royal court. Ashpenaz was to teach them to read and write the Babylonian language. 5 The king also gave orders that every day they were to be given the same food and wine as the members of the royal court. After three years of this training they were to appear before the king. 6 Among those chosen were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, all of whom were from the tribe of Judah. 7 The chief official gave them new names: Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.