As we take a look at Daniel in this week’s lesson I am reminded that there are a couple of things I love about Daniel, that sometimes get overlooked. When his neck was on the line, I like how Daniel responded when God revealed to him the king’s dream.
Then Daniel went in to see Arioch, whom the king had ordered to execute the wise men of Babylon. Daniel said to him, “Don’t kill the wise men. Take me to the king, and I will tell him the meaning of his dream.” Daniel 2:24 NLT
Daniel’s relationship with God did not only save his life. It saved the lives of all the wise men, even the fake ones. Daniel’s first thoughts were of others, not himself. So it is today. The entire world benefits from the Christian influences around them. When the disciples asked Jesus to calm the sea, it was not just calm for their little boat. All the boats on the sea benefited. Daniel wanted to save others. Later when the Persian leaders conspired against Daniel, it did not bother him that others did not have his back the way that he had theirs. Daniel knew God had his back, and that’s all that mattered.
I also marvel at Daniel’s humility. Daniel 1:20 says Daniel and his friends were found to be ten times wiser than the other wise men. Yet when Daniel tells the king’s dream, look at what he says,
And it is not because I am wiser than anyone else that I know the secret of your dream, but because God wants you to understand what was in your heart. Daniel 2:30 NLT
Nothing is more annoying than a wise guy telling you how wise he is. Daniel realized smart people don’t tell you how smart they are. Daniel did not take credit for his wisdom. He credited God’s grace in wanting to reach the king’s heart. Daniel had more than just Scriptural knowledge and prophetic understanding. His concern for others gave him what we now call “people skills”! So much so that he flourished in the heart of Babylon without ever compromising his faith!
As we prepare for the end times, let’s not only pursue Daniel’s prophetic abilities. Let’s follow his example of being concerned for others so that we can also have his people skills.