Because of the Gospel, wisdom and power are inseparably linked in every Christian’s life.
In Daniel chapter 2, Daniel praises God for giving him wisdom and might. We know Daniel was wise and prophetic, but mighty? How so?
Because God gives Daniel the interpretation to Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, Daniel, the otherwise weak exile, is powerful. The strength of our lives is not defined by our physical prowess, agility or endurance. The power of our lives is not portrayed by our skill, accomplishment or wealth. What makes a man or woman mighty is revelation from the Lord.
Everyone in Christ is born of the Spirit. The All-Knowing, All-Loving Creator of the Universe abides in your heart, and He is speaking to you. He wants first to do this one thing – to assure you that you belong to Him and that you are His forever.
You may have a dream that nourishes your soul this week. You may receive a fresh insight like a light turning on that banishes some area of darkness. You may be given a prophetic word of encouragement. But, if there be no dreams or prophecies or miraculous God moments, you have the incorruptible Word of God and the inward witness of the Spirit of God bearing the good news of what God has done for you in Christ Jesus.
Daniel heard from God what no one else could hear from God. Instead of hoarding the secret revelation, he shared it so that the king would be blessed, the wise men would be saved, and God would be glorified. Six hundred years after Daniel, the real Daniel came. It seemed that the empire of Rome held all the power and it seemed that the carpenter’s son from Nazareth would be devoid of any real strength in the face of such an empire. But the enemy empire was confounded by the Son of God because Jesus not only knew the truth, He was the Truth. Jesus did not keep silent about the revelation He had received. Instead, He was the Word Who had become flesh, to reveal to us once and for all the mystery not of a dream, but the mystery of eternity – the mystery of redemption.
Open your heart to the Revealer of Mysteries. Open your heart to the only one who truly knows you, to the one who knows all things. Open your heart to the good news of God’s amazing love. God is speaking to you today – hearken to His sweet voice. If anyone lacks wisdom, James says, ask God, and He will give it. Ask God. He’ll show you the way. You are wise in Christ and when you are wise – you are mighty. And that’s the Gospel!