TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me. (Daniel 4:2 NKJV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• What if we witnessed for Jesus the way we promoted sports teams? Political candidates? Recipes we think others should try? New products? The latest in weight loss?
We witness all the time… we tell others what and where we think they should invest their money, time, and loyalties… But when it comes to Jesus, many of us are reluctant to speak up. Why?
Let’s go to Daniel 4:2. It says, “I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me.” These aren’t the words of a prophet. King Nebuchadnezzar said it — he was the Babylonian ruler who had the nation of Judah in captivity.
He spoke these words after God demonstrated His power to the king through Daniel’s interpretation of the king’s dreams and then, after seven years of insanity, when he lived as a wild animal.
After his sanity was restored to him, King Nebuchadnezzar praised the One True Living God and expressed awe over who God is. Additional witness is later recorded in verse 34, “And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever.”
How’s THAT for a witness?
This selfish king, who history documents as the most powerful king of the Babylonian Empire, humbled himself before the Most High God. And then, he became a witness to God’s goodness. His witness has been recorded for thousands of years, and countless people have heard/read it.
As believers, we often become jaded by the Almighty power of God that’s displayed to us every day. The sun’s rise and setting; the wind that moves the trees; new life; His miracles are all around us.
Then, consider the whispered prayers you may pray before something happens and the way He answers when we need help? We pray for things, He responds, and then we forget to thank Him.
That happened to me this very week. I was nervous and anxious about a presentation I had to give. I prayed beforehand, and it went well. But then, I forgot to thank Him until much later in the day. I was ashamed of myself when I failed to give Him credit right away for what happened. He answered my prayer, and I neglected to be in awe and witness to His goodness.
What if we did what King Nebuchadnezzar did — we publicly declared our awe of God’s accomplishments in our lives? What if we didn’t hold back, but like Nebuchadnezzar, we said, “I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me.”
Let’s take an opportunity to be a witness. We have far more resources than a Babylonian king through our technology, so if he could do it and leave a lasting witness, surely we can too.
Besides, it’s really not hard — we tell people about things going on in our lives all the time. We’ve got to stop treating the details of our faith-life differently. The world needs to hear that God is still active and at work.
Today, as you pray, thank God for all He has done for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to encourage your heart and show you the ways that God is working in your life. Ask for the courage to witness and tell others what the Most High God has done for you.
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