Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and paid homage to Daniel, and commanded that an offering and incense be offered up to him. The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.” Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. Daniel made a request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at the king’s court. Daniel 2:46-49 ESV
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 ESV
Fairy tales almost always end with the words, “They lived happily ever after.” For example, there was once a farmer whose field of hay was eaten up every year just before he harvested it. His older two sons were each sent out to watch the field at night, but they were scared by an earthquake and didn’t stay in the field. The third son wasn’t frightened by the earthquake when it was his turn, and he was able to catch the horse that had been eating his father’s hay. The next two years he caught two other horses before they could eat up the hay. There was a king in the land who put his daughter, the princess, on top of a glass hill, and whoever could climb the hill would win her hand in marriage and half the kingdom. The farmer’s son rode each of his three horses up, one each day and each time closer to the top until on the third day he reached the top, and every day the princess threw him a golden apple. When he came before the king with the three golden apples, he was given the princess for his wife and half the kingdom, and they lived happily ever after.
Daniel had accomplished the impossible task of discovering King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and telling the king what it meant. After he had done that, the king gave him his reward. He was given many high honors and gifts, and was made the ruler over the province of Babylon and chief of all the wise men. Daniel asked for his three friends to also be given important jobs, and the king made them important officials in Babylon, while Daniel stayed in the king’s court as an important adviser to the king. After his hard work, he got his reward, and it seemed as if he might live happily ever after, but in this sinful world that really isn’t possible. As long as we are on earth we will have work to do and troubles to face, and this was true for Daniel and his three friends, as we will see.
God has promised us our happy ever after in his heavenly kingdom, and we can be sure that when that wonderful time comes we will have all of God’s richest blessings. We know that it will happen because Jesus died on the cross to win us a place among his people. We sometimes wish our happy ever after would start right now, and it doesn’t always seem fair when we have to do our work and face troubles and sorrows. We won’t be free from our work until we are called home to be with Jesus, but we know that while we live and do the things God gives us to do, he will always be with us to help us and give us the strength we need.
Dear Heavenly Father, please be with us and help us with the work you give us to do every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.