Today you should read: Daniel 2:18-49
Giving God The Credit …
“I’m in over my head,” is what I often feel. And the truth is, in life we will often find ourselves in situations that are full of pressure, beyond our own control, or more than we think we can handle.
It is in those times that we tend to look “up.” We pray, and ask God for His help. And often times with a heart of humility, a desperate need for God’s grace, and an exhausted cry to God, He answers. I regularly walk away from things and think of how thankful I am that God came through. I say to myself, “there is no way this could have turned out like this without the Holy Spirit’s help.” I’m not sure if you can relate, but many times right before engaging in whatever the situation is, I feel an overwhelming sense of inadequacy. It’s in those times that I cry desperately for God’s help.
But, as encouraging as this is, what happens after that is usually sinful…
I take the credit.
In today’s passage we see Daniel interpret the kings dream. Because of his great work of interpretation the king promotes Daniel. It’s an amazing story. But what happens in the midst of all of this is even more incredible…Daniel gives God all the credit.
In verse 23, Daniel responds by praising God for revealing the meaning:
“I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors, for you have given me wisdom and strength. You have told me what we asked of you and revealed to us what the king demanded.”
In verse 28, Daniel tells the King who has revealed this interpretation:
“But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the future. Now I will tell you your dream and the visions you saw as you lay on your bed.
In verse 45, Daniel tells the King again whom the credit goes to:
“The great God was showing the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its meaning is certain.”
In this situation, Daniel could have thanked God for the revelation but taken the credit in front of people. Hoping for praise and promotion. But Daniel made sure to give credit to God.
Because Daniel gave God the credit, the King was moved towards a proper perspective of God.
In verse 47, the King acknowledges Daniel’s God:
“The king said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is the greatest of gods, the Lord over kings, a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this secret.”
Today we can learn that we shouldn’t pray and ask for God’s help, yet take the credit when God comes through. When we give God the credit, the people around us give God credit. They give Him the credit due His name. And who knows, it may convince people to give God a try for the first time.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione