February 15, 2021
Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Daniel 2:27-28a
It is unusual for a young man to exhibit wisdom and humility such as Daniel demonstrated when he calmly sought the reason behind Nebuchadnezzar’s anger-driven edict to execute all the wise men of Babylon. Learning that the king’s capricious decision was spurred by his wise men having failed to reveal and interpret his dream, Daniel turned to his three friends and asked them to join with him in petitioning God for mercy and insight. Through prayer, Daniel received his revelation and immediately gave glory to the God of Heaven. Then, after obtaining an audience with the king, Daniel again gave glory to God before revealing the dream and its interpretation.
We talk about “glory” often in church circles as pertains to praise. That is certainly one element of its meaning. But the semantic root of “glory” conveys heaviness or weightiness. We cannot bear the weight of our own glory—only God can carry such a burden. The best example is that of the crucifixion and resurrection. Having borne the weight of our sins in his human body, Jesus rose to life in his resurrected, glorified body. In contrast, when we pursue our own glory, its weight will drive us to our knees, as Nebuchadnezzar discovered when he self-aggrandized and was driven by God into the fields to graze like an ox (Daniel 4:33).
Father God, help us to resist seeking our own glory and instead point others to the only One who deserves and has received your glory. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling