Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him. 2 Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. 3 And the king said to them, “I have had a dream, and my spirit is anxious to know the dream.”
5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “My decision is firm: if you do not make known the dream to me, and its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made an ash heap. 6 However, if you tell the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts, rewards, and great honor. Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation.”
8 The king answered and said, “I know for certain that you would gain time, because you see that my decision is firm: 9 if you do not make known the dream to me, there is only one decree for you! For you have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the time has changed. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can give me its interpretation.”
10 The Chaldeans answered the king, and said, “There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter; therefore no king, lord, or ruler has ever asked such things of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean. 11 It is a difficult thing that the king requests, and there is no other who can tell it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.”
12 For this reason the king was angry and very furious, and gave the command to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 13 So the decree went out, and they began killing the wise men; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them.
14 Then with counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon; 15 he answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, “Why is the decree from the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the decision known to Daniel.
16 So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation. 17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18 that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
What a situation to be in! Daniel did not despair; he turned to the Lord and engaged others’ support through prayer.
When faced with the unimaginable do we despair or do we turn to the name of God. There is a loud sound of despair in our land right now. Despair mingled with anger over a turn of events that is bringing forth fruit that is not of God. Would that we would take that same energy and focus and turn it onto the name of God asking for His wisdom and intervention.
What was the response to Daniel’s choice of action? The Lord honored his trust and request; the prayers of his friends and his own were answered.
And Daniel did not say a quick ‘thank you’ and go trotting off to the king. He broke out in praise and named the supplier of wisdom, God of his fathers and blessed Him for who He is and what He does.
“…He gives wisdom…and knowledge. He reveals deep and hidden things…He knows…and light dwells with Him….”
Do we know who He is and what He does? Do we praise and glorify Him for what He does and who He is? The Lord inhabits — that’s lives there– the praises of His people. Does He inhabit those who speak despair and anger; those who criticize and speak only darkness? Something to think about. Does His light dwell in us? Are we sharing His light or speaking to the dark circumstances around us? Who is in control? Who is our source? Let us not dwell in darkness, let us share the light within and let God take care of the dark. He has not left us.