Giving God the Glory
Daily Bible Reading – Daniel 1, 2; Revelation 16
Today’s Key Passage – Daniel 2:24-49
After the fall of Jerusalem, many of the wisest men were taken back to Babylon to serve the king. Daniel was one of these men. When King Nebuchadnezzar had a disturbing dream (Vs. 1), he called together some of his astrologers and asked them to tell him about his dream and interpret it (Vs. 5). When none of these false prophets were able to do as the king asked (Vss. 10-11), Nebuchadnezzar ordered the execution of all the wise men in Babylon, including Daniel and his friends. (Vs. 12) Fortunately, God spoke to Daniel and told him about Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Vs. 19), so he went to the king to spare his life and the lives of his friends. (Vs. 24) Before talking to Nebuchadnezzar about his dream, Daniel took time to give God credit by saying, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.” (Vss. 27-28) This step proved to be vitally important, because after Daniel successfully interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, he honored God and said, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries”. (Vs. 47)
When other people offer us praise for what we have done, we can choose to take all the credit or we can give the glory to God. When we selfishly take the credit for God’s work, we rob Him of the glory He rightly deserves, but when we give the glory to God, we gain a wonderful opportunity. When we give God the glory, we are able to be His witness on this earth, and we are able to tell someone who might be far from God all about His awesome power and love. The next time you find yourself in that position, choose to give the glory to the One who made you and who allows you to do every good thing you do. Give the glory to God, and then use the opportunity to tell others the Good News.
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