February 5, 2019: Whose glory are you living for?

 

Daniel 2:11-12 (NIV)

11  What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among men.”

12  This made the king so angry and furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon.

 

The magicians and philosophers that lived in the presence of the king and made the fatal mistake of thinking wrongly about God.  They assumed that God did not live among men; therefore they were unable to know the dream of the king or its interpretation.  Wrong theology always leads to wrong philosophy.

Their wrong theology almost cost them their lives.  Just when they thought they were without hope, there was a young man named Daniel who knew God, and he was able to put their fears to rest.

There was a marked difference between the magicians and soothsayers of this world and Daniel.  He sought to make much of his God, they tried to make much of themselves.  Now see the difference.

 

Daniel 2:26-28 (NIV)

The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?”

 

Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.”

 

Daniel went on to tell the king what his dream was and what it meant.  When the king received Daniel’s word, he praised Daniel’s God not Daniel.  Do you see the difference?  We live for God’s glory, not our own and when we do God chooses to reveal himself to us as we seek to make much of him.

Now go out today and seek to make much of Christ and watch what happens.

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