Scripture: “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….” (Daniel 2:27-28)

Observation: Daniel and some of Israel’s finest were taken into custody in Babylon (approx. 586 BC). The King is having them trained in the Babylonian language customs and government so that they can enter his service. During that period of time Nebuchadnezzar has a dream that is very disturbing to him. None of his magicians can interpret the dream satisfactorily for him. More so, he suspects them of trying to trick him or take advantage of him. So he decrees that they must not merely interpret his dream but tell him what he dreamt! To that they reply what most of us would say: “that is impossible” (2:10-11)! So the king orders their execution and even Daniel and his young friends-wise men in training. Daniel sees an opportunity, not for his glory, but for God’s. He asked the king for some more time and he asks his friends to pray. That night God revealed to him what the King had dreamt as well as the interpretation. When Daniel saw the King the next day he echoed what the king’s magicians had said- “no man can explain these mysteries.” But then he goes on to give witness to God’s power and says that in fact God can and will reveal to the King his dream and its meaning.

Application: How often do you want to give up on something because it seems too hard? We often scoff at the things that need to be done and perhaps the things that God is calling us to do by saying they are impossible. The words of Daniel that we read today resound in light of the words that Jesus would speak almost 600 years later: “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” (Matthew 19:26). Often we want to limit God and his ability. We think He can only do the things we can do. But we are wrong-He can and does do so much more! And oftentimes, when God does work in His power, we take the credit for it. Let us learn from Daniel who did not take the credit for what God enabled him to do. Instead, let us simply use it to glorify the Lord!

Prayer: Lord, help me to remember that you are powerful when I am weak and that you are able to do anything even though I am not. Help me, in humility, to credit you with the work of your hands-and to simply thank you for allowing your work to be done through me. Amen.