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::Devotional:: ‘Give Credit Where Credit Is Due’

March 2, 2010

Have you ever taken credit for something you had nothing to do with?  It’s very easy to do.  In fact, it seems like the pride in our heart leaps at any opportunity to pat itself on the back.  When it comes right down to it, it’s all a matter of perspective.  Having the right perspective on our own lives will help us to give credit where credit is due.  

It is important to realize that we can do nothing apart from the Lord Jesus.  The credit for our lives is owed to Him for all eternity.  Yet it’s easy to forget this fact and develop a false perspective.  Let’s take a look at Daniel for example.

Daniel was a young man of Judah, taken into captivity by king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in the Old Testament.  He had excelled in the king’s training program and was considered one of the smartest men in all of Babylon.  At one point, king Nebuchadnezzar has a dream and is seeking out someone to interpret the dream for him.  He desperately wanted to know what it meant. The catch was that the king wouldn’t explain the dream first.  Whoever was to interpret the dream had to tell the king what he had dreamed first before telling him what it meant.  An impossible feat? Absolutely.  As it turns out, nobody was able to even tell the king what he had dreamed let alone interpret it.  That is until Daniel came along.

The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?” Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come.  Daniel 2:26-28

Although the words of interpretation would be presented by Daniel, they did not come from him.  Notice his perspective and his commitment to give credit where credit is due.  He did not say, “No wise man, enchanter, magician, or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but I can!” Instead, Daniel’s perspective lead him to the words “but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.”

Let the word of the Lord be a reminder to us today – “apart from me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)  Give credit where credit is due.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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