Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.” Daniel 2:19-23
I have to confess that sometimes when my prayers have been answered I forget to give praise to God. I am not sure why, maybe because the answer did not come in the way or form I expected. Maybe it just was not answered spectacularly enough. And sometimes I get so caught up in living that I just forget where all good things come from.
Daniel did not forget. Once God gave Daniel the answer he needed Daniel began to praise God. In Daniel’s praises we see much of God’s character. We see God as the source of wisdom. We see God’s omnipotence. Daniel tells us once again that it is God who allows rulers to rule and that they rule at His pleasure. It is from God that all wisdom and knowledge come from. He gives us the capability to learn and the wisdom to put our learning into practice.
Today’s verses let us know that nothing we do is done on our own. God is behind every good thing we do, that without God we can do nothing. Daniel recognized that and he praised God for the revelation needed to interpret the king’s dream. We too need to recognize when God gives us the answers we seek and praise Him for those answers. Not because God needs our praise but because He deserves our praise.
Have a blessed day,