I thought I would share some of the verses and thoughts that jumped out at me in the Book of Daniel.
I find the first chapter to be very inspiring where we read the story of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being taken from there homeland to a distant land and they were chosen by a foreign King to be trained to work in his kingdom. They were to be served the King's best food but it wasn't food that went along with what God had told them to eat so Daniel asked if they could be served just vegetables and water so that they would please God. They were allowed too and ended up looking and doing much better than they others.
In Daniel 1:17 it says: "And as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and wisdom; Daniel even understood all kinds of visions and dreams."
In verse 20 it says: "And as for every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king consulted them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and conjurers who were in his realm."
What jumps out at me here is how great God is and that when we seek and follow Him he will work through us. Daniel and his friends obeyed and not only were they healthier but God also incredibly blessed them with wisdom and knowledge. That wasn't theirs naturally it came as a gift from God.
I also really appreciated this prayer of Daniel in chapter 2 verses 20-22