Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 20, Daniel 2, Psalm 106, 1 Thessalonians 3.
“17 Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18 and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.” Daniel 2:17-19
Three thoughts come to mind when I ponder Daniel 2:
#1. Pray for Muslims to Dream about Jesus and an “Interpreter” to be Nearby.
Muslims all over the world place a high value on dreams. When I dream, it is usually due to eating too many snacks right before bedtime! When a Muslim dreams, he or she takes it very seriously. A lot like King Nebuchadnezzar. They view dreams as signs from God. This chapter reminded me of the importance of praying that Muslims dream about the biblical Jesus and, like Daniel, pray for an “interpreter” to be nearby who can point them to the reality of who this Jesus is.
#2. God Can Do Whatever He Chooses to Bring Glory to Himself.
I am often asked if I believe in the “miraculous gifts of the Spirit.” Though much can and needs to be said regarding these things, my answer usually boils down to this: “Ultimately, I believe God can and will do whatever He chooses as a means of pointing others to Jesus and bringing glory to Himself.” What goes down in Daniel 2 is a reason why I say this. King Neb is a pagan king. God’s people are scattered in a pagan land (Babylon). The King has a dream. Daniel has an interpretation. God worked it so that He would get glory. The point? God can and will do the miraculous in order to show Himself strong among all nations.
#3. God – Mercifully and Graciously – Always Provides a Rescuer.
Once again, God provided someone to rescue others. It is a recurring theme throughout the Bible, culminating in Jesus. Here God raised up Daniel to be “at the right place, at the right time” for “such a time as this.” King Neb dreamed. There was no one to interpret. People were gonna die due to the king’s wrath. Enter Daniel.
Over and over, again and again – we see this wonderful theme: God’s people are in trouble due to sin/sinful circumstances. There is no hope unless God intervenes. God – in His love – sends one to save. Everything – beautifully – points to the One who is mighty to save. Enter Jesus.
What else comes to mind as you ponder Daniel 2?