Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.
by: Trisha Gerstel.
The Lord has equipped each of us with gifts and talents that He intends to use for His glory. The world, however, would have us use those gifts for our own personal gain. Satan comes alongside, whispering intriguing temptations that play on our pride and fleshly desires. If we want to successfully ward off sin, we must continually remind ourselves of the source of our talents, and of their ultimate purpose. If we are not intentional in doing this, we will all too quickly find ourselves rendering service to the wrong master.