Having the Strength to Do What’s Been Asked

I started reading the next chapter of Daniel this morning, which I love because it has one of God’s many stories of triumph, in how He delivers His children from the brink of death

This is the chapter where King Nebuchadnezzar has given the ultimatum to those, who he thinks, should be able to interpret his dream. Nebuchadnezzar wants them to interpret his dream, or die, along with all of the otherwise people in Babylon.

However, the magicians, enchanters, and astrologers fail to do so, and therefore the King decrees that all the wise people will die, but when the guard comes to find Daniel and his friends to kill them, Daniel asks for more time in order to reveal the meaning, because he knows the only One who can do, as the King desires

Daniel and the three others pray to God, and seek His revelation (which comes through Daniel), but Daniel humbled himself and does nothing different in how he explains to the King that he is unable to interpret the dream, yet then, he points the King towards God – which is what the magicians, enchanters, and astrologers failed to do

The courage that Daniel shows here is beautiful…

Would you rather have died from someone else’s mistake, or like Daniel, died trying?

Daniel didn’t know what King Nebuchadnezzar would do, yet Daniel praised and thanked God for the wisdom and strength he had received, to deliver this message

That is what I feel we can sometimes miss…

How many of us pray for wisdom over a situation in our lives, and then forget to ask for the strength to carry it out?

So many of us have been given revelation from God, or words to speak, directions to take, dreams to pursue, warnings, or courage to overcome fears etc. etc.; yet we hold onto those truths, because of the unknown

Today, I want to encourage you, if God has answered a prayer, praise Him for Who He is, and thank Him for what He has given, then step out, in boldness, and bring glory to God’s name, knowing Who it is we ultimately serve – because if God is for us, then who can be against?

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