Daniel | Day Two
By: Chelsea Vaughn
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Have you ever thought about your gifts, strengths, or even weaknesses? Maybe you are someone who thinks about this often, or maybe you never consider it. Either way, God has a purpose for giving you what he has and I gather He has every intention to use those very things. In these next verses, we get to see how Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stand out as mighty men of God.
Read Daniel 1:17-21.
There is purpose in everything God does. When he gives gifts to his children, he has every intention to use them. It may be teaching, or service, or discernment. The gift itself is less important than the reason we have it. Our gifts are to glorify our Father’s name is Heaven. His name is on the line, so your gifts will not go to waste. He has plans to use them in grand gestures of his authority, power, and saving grace. Don’t quiet his name by hiding away in the name of humility.
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego excel in learning, skill, and wisdom. Daniel has the ability to understand and interpret dreams and visions. They stand out from the rest.
Ten times more.
There is no comparison when God is at work. Their peers, the eunuchs, and even the king could not be fooled into believing this was a mere act of man. The wonder and curiosity of God’s power are fanned to flame in the kingdom.
Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-6.
Did Daniel and his friends exhibit humility? How did they or didn't they?
What does it mean to not exalt our own worth but that of Christ?
Who has the power to shine light in darkness? What does that look like?
How can Christ be seen in you?
What does it mean to be a vessel?
What gifts has God given you? Do you know what they are?
Have you been used in your gifting? How did it feel? What happened?
Let’s pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us how He wants us to glorify Him with how we’ve been created:
Father, thank you for creating us each uniquely and with a purpose to glorify you. We humble ourselves before you and simply ask to be vessels for your Kingdom. Jesus, we want to be aware of how to graciously serve and help people in the same selfless way that you did. Holy Spirit, we acknowledge that we can’t do that if you’re not working in and through us. We are completely dependent on you, and we ask that you would reveal how we have been individually designed to look like you. Thank you for being merciful and gracious to use broken vessels as carriers of your divine image. Amen.