“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”1 Peter 2:12
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had a nightmare, and his wise men couldn’t explain it to him. But Daniel had interpreted a dream for him earlier, when no one else was able. Daniel insisted that he did not possess special powers to do this. Rather, it was the Lord who showed him the dream and its meaning (Daniel 2:27-28). From then on, Nebuchadnezzar recognized that “the spirit of the holy gods” was in Daniel.
Daniel was among a group of young Israelite men (some of the finest in intellect, physical ability, and appearance) whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem in battle. Though a captive and an exile, Daniel became more than a trophy for the king. In time, he was a valued advisor to several generations of rulers. It was obvious even to these foreign kings that the Spirit of God was in Daniel. For his part, Daniel was humble and faithful, and gave his God the glory.
When the Holy Spirit is at work in us—causing us to love truth, goodness, justice, and mercy—the world will see it. And all the glory goes to God!
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)