Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace… Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
Daniel 1:3‭-‬4‭, ‬6‭, ‬8‭ NIV

As it were, God stands at the center of every event and circumstance around the lives of His children. Nothing happens to any of His children without His full knowledge; He allows and controls every situation to accomplish His eternal purposes.

Both your location and your duration anywhere in this world are already predetermined by God and you cannot exceed the divine timing. Wherever you may be and whatever may be your experiences there are arranged by God to fulfill His determinate counsel through you. In short, life in this world is not primarily about you, it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

However, to qualify for the divine purpose demands your determination to resist the temptation to defile yourself with the culture of this world. You must be ready to live a life of persistent faith and steadfast trust in God to sustain you where He has hidden you in this world.

The moment you allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the lifestyle of the world and become conformed to their pattern of living, you stand the risk of divine rejection. The divine requirements to become God’s instrument remain a life without blemish or wrinkle, a godly appearance, the capacity to trust God for your well-being, and a life filled with God’s Spirit and wisdom. May the Lord help you to be willing to pay the price for the ultimate prize in Jesus’ name. Good morning.

Your brother,

Olufemi Babalola