Text: Daniel 4:1-27, Ephesians 4:15
Have you ever had to speak Truth to someone you weren’t sure was prepared to hear it? Or maybe you feel the call to shake up someone’s world in a way that you don’t feel qualified or well-positioned to, be it based on age, authority or social boundaries. What if he or she despises you, shuns you or maybe even fires you?
There’s a reason we call these discussions “come to Jesus” talks. God has brought the people involved to a place where they have no choice but to acknowledge God and who He is. And Daniel, in revealing Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a tree, is called to have the ultimate in “come to Jesus” talks. He has to bring the Message to a king, and a king who has proven he’s not afraid to threaten or kill!
Like Daniel, we may hesitate when we are placed in these positions. Like Daniel, we may be flat out terrified. And it’s understandable — as hard as it is for some to receive the Gospel, it can be equally hard to give. However, we cannot control how others will respond to our calling to speak the truth in love; we can only obey His call. We can pray for strength to do the hard things. We can pray for His reminder that speaking truth into difficult situations means speaking life into them as well.
God, grant us your strength to speak life into situations and to people that cry out for you. Hold us up. Speak through us. Grant us your wisdom and your grace. And thank you, Lord, for the great opportunity and privilege to praise You and to help others live in Your Light and Your Glory. Amen.