Saturday, June 15, 2019

Daniel 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is Daniel 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Back at this time, dreams were often considered messages from "the gods." Wise men were expected to be able to interpret dreams.
  • King Nebuchadnezzar gave the "wise men" a seemingly impossible task. Instead of telling his dream and asking for an interpretation (which, obviously, could have just been a guess), he asks his advisors to tell him what he dreamed and to interpret it. No one can, and the King orders they all be killed.
  • In chapter one we saw that Daniel, who was a young man who was faithful to God, was made to serve the King. He is thus considered one of the King's wise men, and so he is to be executed as well. Daniel, with "wisdom and tact" convinced the men to give him time before they kill him.
  • Daniel asks his three friends who are also faithful to God to pray for him.
  • Daniel is able to tell the King what he dreamed and the correct interpretation. Daniel gives all the credit to God for this ability.
  • The King elevates Daniel (and his three friends) into powerful leadership positions.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • All of the wise men of Babylon faced a seemingly hopeless, impossible situation. But for Daniel it was not impossible. It wasn't impossible because he had God. Jesus once said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26). When faced with a hopeless situation, Daniel turned to God and had his faith-filled friends pray for him. God came through and the impossible became possible.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • What seemingly impossible situation are you facing? Maybe ... your marriage feels like it's falling a part? You can't find a job? Your kid is rebelling? You're stuck in an addiction? You're broke? Do you assume there's no hope or do you believe that with God all things are possible? Do you turn to God in faith? Do you ask faith-filled friends to pray for you? When the situation changes, will you give God all your praise and all the credit?