The Smart Thing

Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)

At the end of his book, the prophet Daniel is describing the condition of those raised from the dead to eternal life.  In contrast to the unrighteous who will be raised to an eternal future of shame and contempt, the righteous will receive resurrected bodies, described in such “glowing” terms as “brightness” and “stars”.

The language Daniel uses follows the rules of Hebrew poetry, with parallel lines describing parallel thoughts.  In applying these rules, “brightness” is equivalent to “stars”, just as “wise” is equivalent to “those who turn many to righteousness”.

Did you know it’s a wise thing to be a positive influence on others?  Sometimes we would rather not speak up or risk causing conflict. Yet wisdom says we should say something.  Solomon said, “he who wins souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30)

You don’t have to be obnoxious when you share your faith. We need wisdom and grace when we talk about Jesus.  We are called to be salt and light in this dark world.  Give them a glimpse of Jesus in you. Help them find the One with the answers they need. His name is Jesus.  It’s the smart thing to do.