Daniel 12:3 Shine Like The Stars

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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. 

Proverbs 12:16 Quickly Offended

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Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. Proverbs 12:16 

Getting offended is something that occurs to a lot of a people on a regular basis. Someone says or does something and someone else is offended at it. They do not like what someone else is saying or doing.

Very quickly people take offense and start fighting back. The fight back can be with words or actions. Rarely does a person take a step back and consider what was said, who said it or why it was said. They do not give the other person a chance.

Many relationships have been broken up because of one wrong word that was spoken and offense was taken.

This verse reveals that it is only fools who show annoyance immediately to an offense. The wise and prudent are quick to overlook it and move on.

While the world is known for taking offense against others, so are many in the church. Believers take offense to other believers and to those outside the church.

Those who overlook an insult are being wise. They realize immediately how little that insult really is in sight of the big picture. The insult took only a few seconds to say and is over. Eternity lasts for ever. Just life on this earth lasts a lot longer than that short insult.

Taking offense to an insult is something  that often lasts for years. It wastes time and energy being angry about it or retaliating against it.

Jesus said that the believer is to turn the other cheek when someone strikes. Insults are a verbal strike against someone, so the believer must turn the other cheek. It does no good to take offense to it and fight back. It breaks down the chance to be a witness of God’s love, mercy and forgiveness.

There will be a time when someone will offend you, if it has not already occurred. Before you get offended, take a step back and see what Jesus has done for you. You had offended God when you sinned against Him, yet, He still loved you and made a way for you.

Keep your eyes on Jesus and eternity. The small thing of that offense will become even smaller. It has no real meaning in light of eternity.

Do not allow yourself to be offended, but instead love and pray for those who offend and are enemies.

I pray today that you will know the love of God for you and for others; that you will know God’s mercy upon all people; that your eyes will be focused upon God and eternity; and that God will give you His peace when someone offends you.