Daniel 1:3-7 NIV
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 without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service. Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.
The King mentioned here is King Nebuchadnezzar. The Israelite leadership has been taken into exile and the Babylonians want to make use of the brightest and the best. These men are to be inculcated in the ways of their capturors and trained to serve the King. Of course we know where this leads: Daniel comes to prominence. We know of the three being thrown into a fire and not being burnt. We know of Daniel interpreting dreams. We know of opposition to him and his surviving the Lion's Den. Out of the disaster of capture, God brings about marvels. What can we learn from this?
Lord God, whatever transformation is needed in my life, please bring it about. In Jesus's name. Amen.