Week 32: Blessed Be the Name

Today’s Text: Daniel 1-6

Key Text: Daniel 2:20-21

Daniel said: “Blessed be the name of God from age to age, for wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons, deposes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”

Daniel was an amazing young man.

Taken in captivity, away from his own land, immersed in a foreign culture, he remained true to his God.

He was also given, by that same God, extraordinary abilities – among them the ability to interpret dreams.

He could have easily been caught up in some arrogant celebration of his own capabilities – especially since his captors were so impressed with them – and lavished rewards and status upon him.

Daniel remained humble, however.

He remembered to pray, “Blessed be the name of God from age to age…”

He remembered how and why he had been gifted.

Most of all, he gave all the glory to God.

Do we do the same?

When we recognize – or are recognized for – our own God-give abilities and talents – do we swell up with pride – or do we give God the glory and thanks for them?

Daniel is a good example of how to stay humble – and let God use us in extraordinary ways – as God determines.

And to God be the glory – forever.

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