Daniel replied, “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. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come.” Daniel 2:27-28a
King Nebuchadnezzar wakes from a fitful night’s sleep and is completely rattled. He experiences a dream so vivid that he cannot return to sleep. Believing dreams are a way for the gods to communicate with humans, he contacts his wise men to learn the meaning of his dream. But not only does he want his wise men to tell him what the dream means, he wants them to tell him the dream! Fearful and stunned, the wise men tell the king that no one on earth can do what he asks (Daniel 2:10-11). It turns out—only God can.
While this Old Testament book is titled, “Daniel,” the story isn’t really about Daniel or Nebuchadnezzar. It’s a story about God and how God continues to bring honor to God’s name. By acting in specific ways, God shows Nebuchadnezzar exactly who God is and reminds the defeated nation of Israel that God is still working in, through and for them. God does what only God can do. Despite no guarantee that God will do what they ask, Daniel and his friends turn to God and ask God to intervene.
We frequently find ourselves in situations beyond our control. But rather than looking to fix the problem ourselves, we need to first go to God and ask for help. When we do, even with no guarantee God will do what we want, we remind ourselves that there are things only God can do.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Consider the most overwhelming things you’re facing right now. What is one area in which you most want God to act? Send a request to your friends or small group and ask them to pray with you about it.
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
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