by Paul Selden
Everyone has something that they are especially good at, whether it is at math, music, or simply being able to hold an engaging conversation, there are strengths to be found in most everyone.
A great instance of this in the Bible was with Daniel, whose talent was in interpreting dreams. While often times we might separate these talents into different spheres of our life–math for class, music for performances, conversations for making new friends–ultimately in God’s plan all of these strengths have a greater meaning with purpose towards glorifying God. With Daniel this is true as he helps interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams and eventually save him from the madness induced by his one pride, thus helping his friend declare “Now Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble” (Daniel 4:37). But Daniel demonstrates his faith in more than one way, not only does he guide those around him to grow closer and deeper in relationship with the Lord, but he leads by example. Over time with his gift, Daniel was able to gain prestige and status but he never forgot the one who equipped him with the talent that he had. When King Darius came to rule, he was advised to make a decree that would punish anyone who prayed to anyone except for King Darius; however, Daniel remembered and kept his relationship with the Lord. So often we see the opposite, where different actors, athletes, or other people who gain status, forget what their purpose is and why they were blessed with their strength. And though many fear that this may cause judgement when one makes a firm stance on beliefs and that the repercussions could be tough, with a little trust, I don’t think those Lions will bother you.