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During the night, the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven.
The King of Babylon had a dream that he couldn’t remember and yet was so troubled by it that he had no peace. None of his astrologers, magicians, sorcerers or enchanters could tell him what he’d dreamed. The king ordered a decree that all such personnel in Babylon would be executed. When Daniel, the Hebrew exile, was told he was going to die, he asked the king if he could have some time to pray since this was the first he’d heard of it. He was given time. Daniel prayed, and God showed him the answer. But before he ran to the king, he stopped and spent time in prayer, praising and worshipping the Lord. Daniel was always victorious because he was a “God First,” man.
This is a day in our nation’s history that we shall never forget. It is the day that terrorists knocked the twin towers down in NYC in 2011. For a brief period of time this nation turned back to God in all of the shock and pain and became a “God First,” nation. Regrettably, it didn’t last long. I think many times we’ve all prayed about something and God answered our prayer and instead of praising the Lord, we run to announce the answer, as if God had nothing to do with it. True people of God operate the way that Daniel responded to the Lord in this passage. God gave Daniel the answer while Daniel was experiencing a brief stay of execution, and Daniel immediately spent time giving God praise and thanking him for the answer. He cared not for what the king might do, he was more interested in what his true king in heaven had already done. Before he was a family-first man, or a friend-first man, or a king-first man, he was a “God First,” man.
I am already there. I’m not a good man so much as I am a “God First,” man. You have so impacted every fiber of my being that I am forever committed to you. I need you, I hunger and thirst for you, I give my life in service to you. With your help I am a “God First,” man. Amen