The men of Tuesday morning have been studying the life of Daniel. From his days as a teenager to his fruitful life as a senior citizen – his life is well deserved study on the amazing faithfulness of God. When he needed wisdom and power, he called out to the God of Heaven for mercy. When he provided an interpretation for a dream of the king, he made it clear, that this was the wisdom of his God, not his amazing faith or above-average abilities. When tossed into the den of lions, at the ripe old age of 80, he never wavered in his dependence upon the King of Heaven. During his 30 years of life outside of the public eye and identifiable leadership, he stood out as a man with a sterling reputation, consistency, and no-compromise. Add to that, he maintained a three times a day habit of prayer – giving thanks to God, and seeking His help. He understood that it was only his amazing God that could sustain and use him.
Daniel himself was not a superstar prophet – just an uncommon guy who actually believed God, fearlessly followed, and exercised a God-centered dependence.
Noted throughout his story are expressions of praise by those he spiritually impacted. What is noticeably absent is other’s amazement with Daniel. What is obvious, is that they were awestruck with the God of Daniel. I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom, people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For He is the living God; He endures forever, His kingdom will not be destroyed, His dominion will never end. Daniel 6:26
Jesus put it this way: Let your light shine before men, that they will see your good deeds, and praise your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
This is just as it should be. God at work through us is not about us, but only our amazing God. We are just the instruments He uses to bring honor and glory to Himself. He alone is worthy of praise. It is truly amazing that He can use us – and that He does. We remain in awe of Him.