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As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. At the end of the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king. And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom. Daniel 1:17-20 (ESV)
Looking different from everyone else while you are in your teenage years can be one of the most terrifying thoughts of a teenager. I know I worked very hard to try to keep up with the status quo. My mom was horrified when I came home and told her that I needed a new haircut. The haircut that was affectionately called “The Butt Cut” because of where the middle part was located. I did end up getting that haircut and was temporarily happy with my new-found ‘do.
However, as a believer in Christ, there should be something that makes us stand out from everyone else in the world. If we have Christ in us and are a new creation, our lives begin to reflect God’s holiness which sets us apart.
In Daniel’s early life, there was a point where the life of Daniel and his friends had to be different from those around him. The king was asking his people to eat food which Daniel had convictions about eating. Two key verses stand out which reflect the change in Daniels life. Verses 17 and 20 both state that God gave Daniel and his friends wisdom and understanding. When the king spoke with these four men, he noticed the difference and said that there were none others like them.
Personal Application: Study the Bible to grow in wisdom and understanding and as you do, Christ will make you more like Him.
Home Application: Pray over your family and children that God will give them wisdom and understanding of who He is.
Do you think we should be believers who pronounce Christ more with our words or with our actions?
Today’s devo written by Travis Hogg.