Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him. The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.” Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men. Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court. (Daniel 2:46-49)
As you will remember from last week’s study, King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a mysterious dream. Afterwards he called upon the wise men of Babylon to interpret his dream; yet none were able to do so. As a result, the king commanded all the wise men in Babylon to be executed, including Daniel and his three friends. When Daniel learned of the king’s demand, he asked for some time that he might pray to God for the interpretation of the king’s dream. After a night of sincere prayer, Daniel returned to the king and not only revealed what the king had dreamed, but the meaning as well.
Daniel’s willingness to trust God in a moment of crisis revealed at least two things:
1) It revealed Daniel’s faith and trust in that power
“I can’t interpret dreams” Daniel said to the king, “But I serve a God who can.” The Bible says, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.” (see Psalms 56:3) Rather than panicking over his problem, Daniel prayed. In reward for his faith and trust, God not only gave him what he asked for, but more as well. Daniel and his three friends were promoted to prominent positions in the Babylonian kingdom.
2) It revealed God’s power
In response to God’s working through Daniel, the king exclaimed, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings. . .” Sometimes we are given ‘God-size problems’ in order to reveal ‘God-size power.’ If Daniel’s problem had been something that he could have handled on his own, God would have never received the recognition. But because Daniel’s problem was something only God could solve, only God received the glory!
Are you facing some problem today? If so, don’t panic. Pray with faith and watch to see what happens.