Scripture Reading: Daniel 2:24-3:12 / 2 Peter 1:1-21 / Psalm 135:1-12
Great men who have been used in great ways have been men of great humility. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and he turned to the enchanters, astrologers, magicians and wise men to not only interpret it but also reveal the dream. When Daniel heard about the death sentence given for all “wise men” (including himself), he and the 3 young Hebrew men desperately went to God in prayer.
Daniel knew that only God could reveal and interpret the dream. His life was about to come to a tragic end unless God came through with the divine revelation and interpretation. After a night of intercession, Daniel asked to see the King because God revealed to him the dream and interpretation. King Nebuchadnezzar asked Daniel if he could explain and reveal the mystery of the dream.
Daniel’s response, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.” (Daniel 2:27,28) All the world’s money, power and success were not enough to buy, demand or produce the dream’s revelation. Nebuchadnezzar along with the wisest and craftiest men were helpless to understand his dream.
The Babylonians prided themselves and even wrote books on how to interpret dreams. They consulted all of earth’s resources and sought the pagan gods yet it was all in vain. Human wisdom, human power and pagan gods were unable to reveal the mystery. The futility and vanity of the world was exposed while the power of God was about to be seen.
Daniel boldly told the powerful king that what he sought for could only be solved by the power of the almighty God. There was a desperate hunger for the king to understand his own dream. Somehow he knew that this dream was sent by God as a revelation of things to come. His anger at the enchanters revealed his inner emptiness. Nebuchadnezzar, like all men, struggled with a “God-shaped” vacuum inside his heart. The mysterious dream and miraculous interpretation was an act of God that would impact the King’s life forever.
This was an opportunity for Daniel to gain notoriety and security in the Babylonian kingdom because he knew the mystery of the dream. Instead of taking credit, glory or honor for the revelation, Daniel humbled himself as simply a messenger of God and unfolded the future of Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom. “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than other living men, but so that you O king, may know the interpretation…” (vs.30)
God works through us not for the purpose of our self-exaltation but for His exaltation. We cannot get caught up in a spirit of pride and arrogance but walk in humility, faith and Godly dependency. After all, it’s not about us…it’s about Him.