What do Daniel, Esther, and Joseph all have in common? They were vessels of God set apart for a time of preparation (the action or process of making ready or being made ready for use or consideration) for kingdom service or work. As we peer into their lives we can see the sovereignty of the King of kings. God sent each one of them through a process to prepare them for their kingdom assignment. During Esther’s and Daniel’s day, there was a mandatory time of preparationfor them before they entered their royal duties.
For Esther, her prep time required attending the Beauty School of Susa for a year before she was fit to be the queen of Susa. “…she was given the prescribed twelve months of beauty treatments—six months with oil of myrrh, followed by six months with special perfumes and ointments” (Esther 2:12). After she won the beauty pageant and assumed her royal position as Queen of Susa, the life of her people was threatened. Now it was time for her to fulfill her kingdom assignment to be a voice and Savior (willing to lay down her life) for her people.
Daniel’s prep time included three years of study at Babylon University.“And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king” (Daniel 1:5).At the end of his training, he was assigned to stand before King Nebuchadnezzar and three other kings after him. His preparation continued beyond the three-year training. He interpreted the dreams and visions of the pagan kings. He was thrown into the lion’s den and experienced hindrances to his prayers. All the situations and circumstances that took place in his life prepared him for his kingdom assignment to be a prophet of God speaking the truth and revealing the heart of God to earthly kings for the glory of the King of kings.
God is getting some of us ready like Daniel to stand before earthly kings and proclaim the word of God to them with boldness.
Now Joseph’s preparatory time for his kingdom service wasn’t initiated by any earthly king as we saw with Esther and Daniel. His prep time was issued by the Heavenly King.Joseph’s training years lasted for 20 plus years from the time he had the dream about being a leader of his family. During those years, he went through some hard stuff (slavery, falsely accused, imprisonment, promotion in prison to summoned to go before the king).He experienced some bumps, hurts, pain, disappointments, betrayal, rejection, misunderstandings, etc… like some of us. But he didn’t lose sight of the dream or vision God showed him. He was steadfast. He understood what the enemy meant for evil, God turned it for his good.The sovereignty of the King in Joseph’s life led him to his kingdom assignment to save his family and provide food for them in the midst of the famine.
Trust the sovereignty of the King during your process and believe whatever you experience in your life, He will turn it for your good.
Daniel, Esther, and Joseph experienced a name change, divine separation and set-apartness from all that was familiar to them. So, it is with some of us. The Lord has led us to go into unfamiliar places, among unfamiliar people for a reason. Because He promised you something or gave you a glimpse into the future through a dream, vision or word.You are following in the steps of your father Abraham. God told him, “get out of your country, from your family, and away from your father’s house and go to the land which I will show you.” They were separated from family, familiar surroundings, friends, culture, etc… And totally immersed in a new culture, new family, new surroundings for a greater purpose.
Can you identify with this? Have you found yourself in an unfamiliar place, among a different culture, new surroundings, new faces and without family? There is a reason for this divine separation and set-apartness. It is all part of your preparation for your kingdom assignment.The preparation process may call for a name change. Daniel’s name was changed to Belteshazzar. Esther was previously known as Hadassah and Joseph was given the name Zaphenath-paneah. They all received a new name to go with their new identity in the kingdom they served.Jesus changed Simon’s name to Cephas (Peter) and Paul was previously known as Saul. We were once people that walked in darkness, full of sin but God has changed our name and spoken a new identity over us. He says over us “you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people.”
The King of Kings has given you a new name and identity for your assignment in His Kingdom.
Our kingdom assignment is not about us, for it didn’t come from us but from the King and for His glory.He is the preparer. He has been preparing us from childhood believe it or not.Your assignment will probably be something that you have already done on a small scale. Remember Joseph, he started interpreting dreams as a teenager. When it was time for him to go before Pharaoh to interpret his dream, he did it with ease and grace. What about David? It was nothing for David to take out Goliath when he previously killed a lion and a bear. The same for Daniel, he had the gift of interpretation as a youth and he used that gift to help each king understand their visions and dreams.
You have come to the kingdom for such a time as this. This is the time for you to rise up and shine like a city set on a hill for all to see. And those that see your good deeds will glorify the Father in heaven.
You have the ability to serve in the King’s palace like Daniel, Joseph, and Esther. You are fit for the King!
*Repost: Originally posted on King’s Family Blog April 2012.