December 9th Advent Daily Devotional

Career Success?

Denise Fossen

Daniel 2:46-49

Daniel and his cohorts, young Jewish men, remain faithful to God even amidst the difficulty of living under occupation, conquered by a foreign pagan power, King Nebuchadnezzar, the self-proclaimed ruler of the world.

God demonstrates throughout the book of Daniel God’s power over the pagan rulers, even working within the king’s political cabinet.  God is working behind the scenes, endowing Daniel with dream interpretation.  Grateful for Daniel’s interpretation, the king promotes Daniel, allowing him to fill his office with his three Jewish friends.

Does this story prove that if you follow all the commandments, keeping true to God alone, you will find career success?  I think not.  It does tell the story of four men and their promotion, but it also tells the long story of God’s faithfulness, even in the worst of times.

God is still at work, endowing gifts from the Holy Spirit to endure whatever your current challenge is.  God gave Daniel the gift of wisdom, enabling him and his friends to endure the Babylonian exile.  God gave Daniel the vision of God’s redemption for Israel from a foreign political power.  Ultimately, God’s kingdom, not a short-term political entity, will be established on earth.

 Let us pray: Eternal God, we thank you that you are present with us in the good times and bad.  Give us endurance and wisdom to face our challenges as we wait for your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.  Amen.


Rev. Denise Fossen is the pastor of Christ Lutheran Church and Grace United Methodist Church in rural Minnesota, positioned on the edge of the prairie.


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