Week of August 20, 2020
Daniel 2:1, 5, 16 (NKJV) — 1 Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him. 5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “My decision is firm: if you do not make known the dream to me, and its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made an ash heap. 16 So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation.
Nebuchadnezzar was in a situation where he didn’t have any control and he was anxious. With this unrest, Nebuchadnezzar demanded that the wisemen tell him his dream and its interpretation with their lives on the line. God chose to make Himself known to Nebuchadnezzar and used a dream, the interpretation, and Daniel to reach Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel took the Nebuchadnezzar burden upon himself by assuring the king he would return with knowledge of the dream and the interpretation.
What can we learn from viewing the situation from Nebuchadnezzar’s perspective and from the wisemen’s perspective?
How can you take the burdens of others upon yourself?
Daniel 2:19, 28, 47 (NKJV) — 19 Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven. 28 But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these: 47 The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.”
Daniel gathered his companions and prayed to God for the solution with great faith that God would show them mercies concerning this secret. After God revealed the dream and interpretation to Daniel, he immediately praised God through prayer. Daniel made the dream and interpretation known to Nebuchadnezzar giving all glory to God, not himself.
Do you find it more difficult to believe God responds to prayer or more difficult to practice unceasing prayer and praise of God?
How can we glorify God to others in a genuine way?