But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has let King Nebuchadnezzar know what will happen in the last days. Your dream and the visions that came into your mind as you lay in bed were these… - Daniel 2:28
For me, today’s verse really stands out when read in the context of the story of Daniel. Let’s quickly recap on what’s happened so far...
The king Nebuchadnezzar was having some upsetting dreams (2v1). He asked his magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him both; the dream and interpretation, but if they answered him incorrectly, then he would sentence them to death. Unsurprisingly, they all backed away from the challenge which angered the king leading him to sentence all of them, including Daniel and his friends, to death (2v12).
Daniel, hearing about what has happened, asks the king for more time then urged his friends to plead for mercy from God. The Lord hears their cry and reveals the dream and interpretation to Daniel. Daniel then visits the king and boldly declares that God has revealed this mystery ( See 2v28)! He then continues to share the word he had received from the Lord.
There are a couple of points I would like for us ponder on today before we pray:
Let’s be a people of righteous boldness:
If we hear God, let’s test it first, but then let’s proclaim it boldly! Daniel wasn’t shy when responding to the king and his life was literally on the line. Sometimes it takes impossible situations that have serious consequences for us to have the righteous boldness to fully rely on God. Daniel often found himself in these ‘make or break’ scenarios (see Daniel 1v8 & Daniel Ch6) but he never backed away from the challenge, as he knew and trusted the God that he serves.
I’m sure many of you have stories of God breaking through in your life and the lives of others around you but it required you to come to the end of yourself and step out in boldness trusting what God had said. Today, ask the Lord for a situation where you get the opportunity to step out in faith and righteous boldness; at least, if you fail, unlike Daniel, you won’t literally die!
Whilst we should be careful about assuming every dream is from the Lord, He is still in the business of speaking through dreams and visions just like he did back then for king Nebuchadnezzar.
We know from this verse that God speaks to unbelievers. Have you ever thought that you may need to be the voice of interpretation and the one to point the dreamer to God in heaven? Have you ever heard your friend or work colleague tell you about a weird dream they had? Might it be worth praying about it and seeing if God is trying to say something to them through it? It may just have been something they ate but let’s not be quick to assume it’s not God.
We know from Acts 2v17 that it’s a promise that while God is pouring out his spirit, we will ‘dream dreams’ and ‘see visions’! We are a church that seeks his spirit so let us expect these revelations and for God to speak prophetically in our dreams and visions.
Let’s give God the glory:
The story for Daniel didn’t end there. Daniel was given authority, material possessions, and power by the king but it wasn’t due to his self-promotion! He was really clear who was behind his actions and boldly gave all the glory to God (See 2v45).
For me, the beauty of the story of Daniel is seen in verse 47; “Surely your God is the God and the lord of kings and the revealer of mysteries”. Today, may the people around us have that exact same revelation that the king had and may God alone get the glory!
As you pray today;
Praise the Lord that He, who we serve, is the ‘lord of kings and the revealer of mysteries’
Ask the Lord for boldness; boldness to not just proclaim but also to act on what he’s saying
Ask for the Lord to speak to us his children in dreams and visions, and also to those in our cities who don’t yet know him