Scripture Reading: Daniel 2:46-49
“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 2:47,48)
When Daniel appeared before King Nebuchadnezzar to reveal the king’s dream and its interpretation, he gave full credit to God — “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days” (vs. 27,28). Daniel pointed the king to the God in heaven who alone was able to reveal these mysteries.
Daniel’s witness was simple and to the point — “There is a God in heaven” who is able. As we will see, Daniel and his companions — Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego — continued to witness faithfully to this pagan king. They used every occasion possible to point the king to the one true God. At this point Nebuchadnezzar simply acknowledged that Daniel’s God is a “God of gods and Lord of kings.” This was a big step for the king to take.
God rewarded Daniel for his faithful witness — “Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great gifts and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon.” Daniel became the second in command over all of Babylon. This enabled him to have greater access to the king and thus a greater opportunity to witness to him.
God has called each of us to be faithful witnesses. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Today we have the power of the Holy Spirit. We may not have all the answers to people’s questions about the things of God, but we can be faithful in telling them our own experience with Jesus Christ. Our job is to point people to Jesus and leave the rest to God.
Lord Jesus, I want to be a faithful witness for You. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to empower me so that I can point people to You. Give me opportunities today to tell others about Your great love and grace.
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