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Not Because I Am Wiser

Not Because I Am Wiser

11 September 2009

Scripture:

And it is not because I am wiser than any living person that I know the secret of your dream, but because God wanted you to understand what you were thinking about. (Daniel 2:30 NLT)

Daniel is one of my greatest heroes. He was wise, adaptable, faithful to God and to his responsibilities, loyal to his friends and his boss, the list goes on. Daniel 1:20 says of Daniel and his three friends, “In all matters requiring wisdom and balanced judgment, the king found the advice of these young men to be ten times better than that of all the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom.”

The genius-madman Emperor Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a troubling dream and then irrationally threatened to execute all the wise advisors with whom he had surrounded himself because they couldn’t describe the dream and explain its meaning.

Daniel dealt wisely with the threat and received both the dream and its meaning by revelation from God. When Daniel had the opportunity to save his life and allow the “magicians and enchanters” to be executed, he asked that the lives of his competitors be spared. (These same people later managed to get Daniel’s friends sentenced to death in a furnace – a sentence God overturned! Many years later, these people got Daniel thrown into a den of hungry lions – another opportunity for God’s intervention.)

When Daniel had the opportunity to take credit for the gift God had placed in his life, he insisted that all the praise go to God. Daniel was also quick to share the benefits of his promotion with his friends.

I want the qualities of Daniel in my own life. I want to be known for wisdom and balanced judgment, I want to be noble and gracious to those who oppose me, I want to give honor to God and not take it for myself, and I want to share God-given blessing with others.

Prayer:

Father, thank you for the example of Daniel who embodies the qualities I admire most. Thank you for the example of his lifetime of service in a variety of cultures and settings. Help me to live like Daniel, lead like Daniel, love like Daniel, and serve like Daniel.

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