Even if we don’t see it, God is always working underneath the surface, behind the scenes and orchestrating His plans and purposes. — Louie Giglio

If indeed, like Shakespeare said, “All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” nobody would sign up to play Daniel. I sure wouldn’t. Would you? Here’s the back story again:

… Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god.

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 … He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. (Daniel 1:1-4)

Add to all this that Daniel and his friends were probably between 14 and 15 years of age. The Bible says they’re good-looking guys, smart, athletic… and forced to study under Ashpenaz, who taught them about black magic, the occult, and the literature of Babylonians of the Chaldeans. No, Daniel did not belong in that world. And yet they somehow survived—and actually thrived in that pagan cesspool—and so can you, because of Jesus, His Spirit, and the power of God’s words. Focus your thoughts for a moment on this prayer of Jesus to the Father… a prayer for you:

“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:13-17)

No, you’re not of this world, just as Daniel was not of Babylon. Yet for good reasons—perhaps reasons only known to those backstage—God (the infinitely wise and loving Director) has you playing your part, right where you are today. Will you trust in Him and follow His script?

Lord, Remind me today that this world is not my home. By your Spirit and by Your Word, conform my life to Yours, guide me with truth. Amen.

Taken from Pete’s series Living in Exile: God Working Behind the Scenes.