“Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.”

– Daniel 6:3 NIV

What I discover to be interesting about Moses’ discourse with God, in the book fo Exodus, is the words that he used to dialogue with God about being distinguished are penned by David in Psalm 25. “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” – Pslam 25:4-5 NIV So the mind/heart attitude the Apostle Paul describes in Philippians 2:5 is emulated in the life of Moses, David and Daniel that become illustrations for us on demonstrating the proper posture of a sincere believer who desires to be a living sacrifice for Jesus.

Daniel’s initial act in resolving to distinguish himself by remaining devoted to God instead of succumbing to the influence of King Nebuchadnezzar, who was infiltrating the nation of Israel by garnering the loyalty of those who were influential, royal family and people of nobility, led to an extraordinary encounter in his faith walk with God. Daniel’s resolution to remain devoted to the teachings of God’s commandments despite the possible hardships he would encounter set in motion a chain of events that thrusted Daniel into a fullness of life beyond the one he knew living as a nobleman. Both Moses and David believed sincerely seeking to follow God’s ways were exponentially more valuable and important to encountering a life of value and significance than anything they could gain from a material perspective.

As Jesus declared in John 4 about His food (passion) being to do the will of God and complete the purpose for which He was sent, the bible reveals to us the type of mind/heart attitude God desires for those who seek to fulfill their God-given destiny of being an image-bearer of Jesus Christ. The Christian’s disposition, according to Exodus 33 and Psalm 25, should be to know God’s ways, learn them and apply them that they may find favor with Him and be distinguished as one who follows God. Consider also, what Moses communicated was a request, a desire. Moses’ request to know and learn God’s ways was reiterated from the man who is immortalized as a man after God’s own heart (David). What does this mean for the Christian who sincerely emulates the posture and pattern of these (Moses and David) sincere believers?

May God bless you and help you to embrace the posture of a sincere seeker, learning His ways and growing in His grace and truth, so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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