Daniel 2:1-6

Daniel 2:1-6

Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep. So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king, he said to them, “I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means.” Then the astrologers answered the king in Aramaic, “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it.” The king replied, “This is what I have firmly decided: If you do not tell me what my dream was and interpret it, I will have you cut into pieces and your houses burned to rubble. But if you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. So tell me the dream and interpret it for me.” The Astrologers answered the king, “There is not a man on earth who can do what the king asks!”…This made the king so angry and furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon. Then Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, “Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him.” The king asked Daniel… “Are you able to tell we what I saw in my dream and interpret it?” 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… “The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and the interpretation is trustworthy.” Then king Nebuchadnezzar said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings…” Then the king placed Daniel in a high position…He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon.

– Daniel 2:1-6, 10-12, 24, 26-28, 45-48

DEVOTION

Based on Daniel’s knowledge of the king’s dream and his interpretation of it, Nebuchadnezzar at once recognized the supremacy of God, and rewarded Daniel by setting him over the entire province. The Lord had prepared Daniel for such a time as this. God’s larger purpose is unfolding as Daniel is elevated to a position of high authority. God would use this faithful servant to reveal Himself to a pagan king.

THE BIG QUESTION

Sometimes we struggle to see the bigger picture of what God is doing. Do you remain faithful to God even when you struggle to understand God’s ways? Daniel and his friends prayed for God’s mercy and God revealed Himself and his plan to Daniel. Do you continually pursue God through prayer or do you wait until you find yourself in crisis before reaching out to God?