Once Daniel received the vision, he could have gotten puffed up with pride, went before the King in arrogance, demanded the death of everyone except he and his companions, and took credit for what God alone deserved.
But he didn’t do any of that. Instead he gave God all the glory, praising Him and thanking Him in a most magnificent way! (Read Daniel 2:20-23)
Daniel sought first to save the lives of all the wise men of Babylon and then he was brought before the King regarding the King’s dream.
Daniel made no attempt of hiding the impossibility of the King’s request, but declaring boldly, “But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets…”
Listen to Daniel’s amazing and humble response to the King:
“But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because my wisdom greater than that of any other living man, but in order to make the interpretation known to the king, and so you may understand fully the thoughts of your mind.” (Daniel 2:30)
In other words, It’s not about me King! God wanted to make this dream known to you and he allowed me to know it, but I am not the wise one here, He is!
Wow! There is so much packed within these 30 verses and we can glean so much from how Daniel responded to the situation, how he wisely sought counsel from his companions, how he wisely sought counsel from the King’s bodyguard, how he wisely sought time to interpret the dream from the King and so forth…
However, what I want to draw attention to is how he wisely humbled himself before the King of kings and Lord of lords!
Listen, no matter what you are facing today, God is good and He is good all the time! He desires to make things known to us! He does not hide things from us, but rather for us!
The way to unlock and unveil the things He has for us is by being humble. Humbling ourselves under His mighty hand, under His Word is the key to bringing about His wisdom, favor, and knowledge in our lives!
No matter what you are facing today or in the future, make a habit right now of putting Him first, of acknowledging Him in all your ways, of surrendering your life, your thoughts, to Him!
And then, give Him all the glory when He comes through and works the impossible in your life!
Listen, Daniel could have gloated and take credit for the vision, but how long would that pride have carried him? What happens when the next thing arises? The next dream? The next challenge? Who is he going to call on then now that he has spent all his time riding the waves of past successes puffed up with pride?
It is imperative that we live in that realm of humility before the Lord! As Pastor Jim Frease says, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but rather thinking of yourself less.”
Take some time today to seek the Lord with all your heart! Put others first, seek to serve rather than to be served and watch how God shows up in ways you never thought possible!
He loves to show out on the behalf of the humble!
Until next time when we delve further into the life of Daniel and his companions, please know that I love you all so much!
Joshua Scott Zeitz