Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:3
It is very common for most people to want to shine. They want to look great before others. People want their hard work recognized and exalted by others.
Many people want to be the best at what they do and receive the honors to go with it. Singers want the number one recording. Actors want to gain the Oscar. The sports player wants the player of the year award. Having these things makes a person shine brightly and will be remembered longer.
As Daniel closes out his book, he is given a vision of the very end of time on this earth. In the end there will be a time of judgement. Those who are wise will shine forever and ever.
In another location in the bible it states that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Doing what God wants is the greatest wisdom that a person can possess. It goes beyond any wisdom that this world can offer, because it is eternal.
The greatest work that a person can do for God is to lead other people to righteousness…to Jesus…to God. Doing that was the entire goal of Jesus when He walked upon the earth and He passed that mission on to every believer.
There are many believers who have taken the step to live for God, but are not moving forward in being wise and leading others to God. They are not striving to be a witness of who Jesus is to this fallen world. This is not true wisdom, nor love of God. It is selfishness to live for self and gain life for one’s own self. He must work to build God’s kingdom.
As a believer you must ask yourself if you are being wise. It is wise to believe in Jesus, but it does not end there. Believing in Jesus will also mean that you will do what He desires.
Jesus wants you to be His witness and point the lost and dying to Him. He wants you to train others up in the ways of God, the ways of righteousness and holiness. To do anything less, is to not fully love God or others.
When you are being His witness and building His kingdom, you will shine like the stars for all eternity.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s heart for other people; that you will be wise in God’s ways; that you will carry out God’s mission for you on this earth; and that you will shine for God in this dark world.
Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before Kings. Ezekiel 28:17
Looking good will often cause pride in the hearts of many people. They will often begin to compare themselves and how they look compared to other people, causing them to look down upon others. This can occur with both physical looks and the looks of his position in society.
Once a person has pride welling up inside of them because of how they look, their wisdom begins to become corrupt. They begin to think that they are all that and more. Their thoughts are that they know what is best and forget the rest.
Ezekiel brings a judgement against Tyre. The nation had been one of great splendor and glory, but had allowed pride to enter them. All the wisdom they had became corrupted and so God chose to knock them down.
The world, not knowing God at all, will often grab onto physical beauty and allow their thinking to be corrupted. They begin to think that they know what is best, when what they are doing is leading to death and destruction. From the outside it appears to be good, but is not.
Believers must also be careful to not allow pride into their lives. Some do a ministry and it grows very well. Suddenly they allow pride in their lives, thinking that they did it all. Once pride sets in, their thinking and allowing God to work begins to become corrupt. It all becomes about self, not God and others.
One must always know that it is God who is in control and must have the control. Things that go great are because God allowed it so. Keeping the fear of God and following His ways will always be the best and uncorrupted wisdom.
God wants to do great things in and through you while you walk on this earth. As things go well for you, do not allow yourself to begin to think that you are the best thing on this earth. Do not allow pride of self and position to corrupt you.
Keep your focus upon God and His ways to guide you in all that you do. This is true wisdom without pride that God is seeking in every person who follows Him.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the wisdom of God’s ways; that you lean on God for everything you have and do; that you will put God first in your life; and that you will allow God to remove all pride in you.
This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24
Boasting is rampant among people in all areas of society. It is not just with the wealthy or the poor, but most people boast about something. Often it is a boasting when they have something or do something better than someone else.
People want to look better in the eyes of others, so they boast about themselves.
God tells the people to not boast, unless they are boasting about knowing and understanding Him and who He is.
Strength and wealth are temporary things of this earth. The wisdom of man is worthless compared to the wisdom of God. Yet people will boast about themselves in these three areas on a regular basis. It makes them appear as though they are something, when in reality they are nothing without God.
Boasting like this can even occur inside the church. Some will boast about their being a member of a certain group, or boast about their position in the church, or how much they give.
God does not like boasting in this way, because without Him, none of these things would be possible. It is God who gives a person strength, wisdom and wealth.
Believers need to boast about knowing God and who He is. There can never be enough said about who God is and what He is like. When Jesus is lifted up, He can then lift the believer up and reach the world for the lost.
While you may have accomplished many things, none of them were accomplished without God’s help in your life. You do not even have the ability to breath without God giving you the breath.
Take a moment to think about what you are talking to others about. Are you boasting about yourself and things you have accomplished? Are you boasting about other people? Or are you boasting about God?
Think about all the things God has done in your life. Count all the blessings He has already given you. Now talk about these things. Boast about His great love, mercy, and grace in your life. Lift Him up, not yourself.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s great love in your life; that God will help you remove all boasting about yourself in your life; and that you will lift God up every chance you get.