Then the king made Daniel a great man and gave him many gifts and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. Then Daniel requested of the king and he set Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon, but Daniel sat in the gate of the king – Daniel 2:48 – 49.
This new year prepare yourself because God has great things He has prepared for you no matter what is happening in the world.
Daniel and his three friends prepared themselves before their nation went to war and when they were taken as captives, God opened the door of opportunity for them because they had created the base for themselves before their problem came and in the midst of their trials, their personal traits qualified them for the job. You see, in every blessing or position God is taking you to, God has a role to play and we also have our roles to play. If they had not prepared themselves how will they have excelled in the role given to them? You might say yes, God can qualify them even if they’re not qualified. Yes, that is true but know one thing in God’s provision: that God will give you what you are prepared for because His blessing will never be a mockery to His children and He is a God of justice.
The bible says, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth – 2 Timothy 2:15. King James version. That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works – 2 Timothy 3:17. King James version.
What about Joseph? In the prison he was training himself by interpreting other people’s dream. He was in Potiphar’s house as a leader under training but this was unknown to him. When God saw that he had been fully trained and qualified, He opened the door of opportunity to him. The cup bearer did not forget him for no reason. It was because he was not yet qualified because there were things God still wanted him to learn in the prison and he never complained, but rather kept doing what he knew doing and God was taking note of his skills and qualification.
What about David? When he was going through training his dad sent him to his elder siblings and God opened the door of opportunity when he was fully qualified. Was fighting Goliath the reason why his father sent him to his siblings? No. What his father expected was to give things to his brothers and see their well being and come back to his father but God, who was aware of his qualification, had another plan. Can you imagine: a father sent his son on an errand and was expecting him to come back with a response but only for the father to hear that the whole city was singing, that his son, who was not trained as a soldier, was being celebrated as the killer of the enemy’s war champion. The bible says, Goliath had been boasting for 40 days and no one could challenge him. David only heard him once and his spirit could not be at rest for hearing such statement from Goliath because he has been prepared. If he wasn’t prepared, such opportunity wouldn’t have come to him.
Prepare yourself with prayer, fasting, studying, attending seminars, taking up challenges and not running away from them. I have a friend in my school, before the lockdown, one of our lecturers shared us in a group to do group work and I was selected as the group leader and I allocated each portion of the project to each and everyone of us. Few people did what was given to them and about four of us had to do the other people’s portion, including our own and one lady said: ‘Henry, since the rest of them don’t want to work I won’t do their work’ and I told her that she should try to do the maximum that she could and shouldn’t look at others because she is training herself for the future. Finally, she obliged. Since march 2020 when the lockdown started, we have not been able to go back to class and we have been taking our lectures online and submitting our assignments online. Several times that same woman thanked me for the advice I gave her about not looking at what others were doing but focused because it was a training and due to that experience she had, today she is able to do all her assingments on her own. I told her that it was God who I thanked for her life for taking the advise. There was a post I posted here on this blog long ago whose tittle is “God brings people into our lives for a purpose.” In this journey of life our lives cross those who God knows will be beneficial to us, in one way or another. Some might be to challenge you, some might be to encourage you, some might be to train and prepare you even within a short time of that relationship, some might be to advertise or announce you, some might be to carry you along. All we need is to be focused and humble ourselves so that the purpose will be fulfilled and God will be glorified.
- Lord, we thank You for bringing us to the begining of 2021 in the name of Jesus Christ.
- O Lord, I want to learn and get myself prepared for any opportunity You have destined for me this year. Give me the grace to prepare in the name of Jesus christ.
- Father, open my eyes to opportunities others might not see this year in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Lord, I want to testify of Your great plan and purpose for my life this year to the glory of Your name in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Any spirit of discouragement waiting to frustrate me this year, I relocate you to the pit of fire in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Lord, right from this month of January, I refuse to be spectators in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Open my eyes and mind to know the area I need to prepare myself so that when the opporunity comes, I will not be left out in the name of Jesus Christ.
- O Lord, let the potentials You have placed in me be activated and be seen by those You have destined to announce me to kings in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Father, connect me to those that will see my value in the name of Jesus Christ.
- Thank You Lord for answered prayers in the name of Jesus christ.