Yesterday I was reading about Daniel. There was a simple verse that stood out to me in chapter 2:27-28a which says, ‘27 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, 28 but there is a God in heaven…’ Daniel and his friends had been carried over to Babylon from their old homeland in Judah in order to be fully indoctrinated in the finest the Babylonian culture had to offer. They exceled far beyond any of the other youths in their group and were expanding in their influence. King Nebuchadnezzar had a very troubling dream that none of his magicians or wisemen were able to tell him about or interpret. The king was outraged and sent orders to have all the wise men of the land killed, including Daniel and his friends. Daniel prayed to God for revelation about this dream and God answered his prayer. This verse is the moment where Daniel shows up in the king’s presence and he is given the platform. What struck me is his bold conviction to deflect any attention from himself and to put all the focus on God.
When I have an audience or platform or an interaction with someone do I have the same boldness to do everything I can to turn the attention towards my heavenly Father? It’s tempting and easy to just allow attention to just rest on us and not live to point people towards God. In 1 Corinthians 10:31 it says, ’31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.’ I have some friends of mine who are missionaries in Southeast Asia. One of the things they do with their kids is to see how many different and creative ways they can turn a conversation towards Jesus. No matter if they were with their taxi driver or the man on the street or a guest in their home, all of their conversations seemed to lead to Jesus somehow. One thing about Daniel too was that he was a worshiper. He met with God throughout his day and God was constantly on his mind and in his thoughts. I am confident that when we live that way, it is going to be perfectly natural and second-nature to speak of our Savior who has changed our lives.