Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him. The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.” Daniel 2:46-47 (NIV).
Are you comfortable sharing your faith?
Notice how quickly Nebuchadnezzar recognized that God IS God. That He is the only real God because of what He (and only He) could do. Nebuchadnezzar was a pagan, a king who worshipped idols made of stone and mud. Yet, when he recognized the work of the true God, whom he didn’t know, he immediately bowed down, king to King. He did this in front of both his trusted servants and a worthless slave.
In other words, don’t get too big for your britches. Someone is always bigger than you.
In our time, we get to easily recognize and proclaim the Gospel: that God, in Jesus, saves His people from their sins. That His greatest commandment to us is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and then to love our neighbors in this way. That the only way to heaven is through Jesus.
Daniel lived before the incarnate Jesus and didn’t know God in this way. We know God as Triune, three in one in a mystery only He can fully explain. Daniel didn’t know that. He knew the Lord, his God, was One, but he didn’t know God in the way we do.
…And yet WE, not Daniel, are like Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel humbled himself before God, and God blessed him for it. Have we truly humbled ourselves before God? Or is He just an afterthought, a prayer wish factory, and a customary affectation for us? Or do we see Him as the living God, the Most High, the creator of heaven and Earth? We get the privilege of being able to talk about the good news of Jesus Christ, who selflessly saved sinners who couldn’t save themselves. But Daniel is the one who humbled himself, then boldly proclaimed his God to the enemy who’d already sentenced him to death.
And we don’t talk about our faith?
Perhaps we forget that Nebuchadnezzar recognized the obvious supremacy of God. He, a pagan unbeliever, saw it through getting what he wanted, which was something his own people couldn’t seem to do. We have both his story and the whole Bible, giving us far more faith and proof than they had in Babylon. And we’re the ones who’re uncomfortable sharing faith?
For further reading: Deuteronomy 10:17, Acts 10:25, 1 Corinthians 14:25, 1 Timothy 6:15, Daniel 2:48.
Lord, I ask for faith like Daniel’s. Let Holy Spirit talk through me, live in my heart.
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