If you know me very well, you might know I’m not much of a goal setter.  I don’t really have a bucket list or things I’m working toward accomplishing.  Not surprisingly, I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions either.  Perhaps it’s because, like most people, I’m not one for failure…so, if no goals are set there is no way I can fail at them =-)  This year, however, I did set somewhat of a loose intention for myself, which is to read my Bible every day.  This isn’t because I feel like I have to or because of some guilt driven desire, it is simply because I truly love God’s Word.  There’s not a time I can remember when I have read it and not been impacted, challenged, or learned more about the character of the amazing God I serve.   Thus, the desire comes purely out of the joy I get from reading it. 

Simultaneously with my desire to read the Bible daily, another desire arose from a quote I read by A.W. Tozer: “Never accept any glory” (see Tozer’s 5 Vows for Spiritual Strength)   When I read this I was convicted of how I so often take the glory for the accomplishments in my life instead of giving that glory to God, the giver of all things and the only one to whom all glory and honor is due.  Thus, along with reading my Bible more faithfully, I also prayed I would stop accepting any glory and praise for myself and become better at pointing people to God…the one who deserves all credit for any good in me. 

Little did I know that God would move me closer toward fulfilling both these desires through the book of Daniel.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, verses and stories from the book of Daniel randomly came up several times in conversations, sermons, and studies.  So, when I sat down to tackle my goal of daily Bible reading, Daniel is where I was drawn to start.  When I began reading, I had to smile at the Lord’s faithfulness.  He not only gave me something I was excited to read but within the pages of the book He provided a beautiful example of a person who consistently gave God the glory instead of taking it for himself.

Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were Jews who were led away as captives around 600 B.C when the Babylonians invaded Jerusalem.  They were nobles of upright character and quickly gained favor with the Babylonian king and with many around them (See Daniel 1).  But these men did not fall into the trap of seeking status and power in their new positions.  They loved God above all else and were faithful to proclaim it, even when faced with death (See Daniel 3 and  Daniel 6).  In all things, whether being taken captive, working in service to the king, experiencing persecution, being miraculously saved from persecution, explaining visions, or being put in positions of honor, they gave the glory to God.  They consistently pointed back to Him as the giver of all things and the one in control.  And the people who witnessed it could not deny it was true…they could not deny that God was indeed worthy of the glory.  As King Darius said upon seeing Daniel come out of the lion’s den, “The God of Daniel is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed and his dominion shall be to the end.  He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.” (Daniel 6:26-27

My hope as I read the Bible this year is that God will continue to use His word to shape me into one who does not take the glory for myself, but rather one who proclaims the excellencies of Him who called me out of darkness and into His marvelous light…the one to whom all glory and honor and power are due forever and ever!

By Katie Miller

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