The mystery was revealed to Daniel

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,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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One Response to The mystery was revealed to Daniel

  1. humblesmith says:

    Excellent post. Too often we forget.

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