“Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was troubled and his sleep left him. Then the king gave orders to call in the magicians, the conjurers, the sorcerers and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams…‘If you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you will be torn limb from limb.’” – Daniel 2:1-5 NASB
Nebuchadnezzar was surrounded by the finest minds in his kingdom. But, after a troubling dream, he suddenly realized that their opinions weren’t enough. He needed real solutions, and demanded that they provide both the dream and a correct interpretation. They tried, without success, to convince him that this was impossible.
The king had discovered a profound truth: Without God, all of us simply have opinions. Regardless of our education or experience, and no matter how gifted we might be, God alone is the source of real wisdom. Nebuchadnezzar’s real need wasn’t for wise men, but for God Himself! He didn’t need experts in human reasoning, but rather a man like Daniel, who knew the “God in heaven who reveals mysteries” (v. 28).
When Daniel provided both the dream and its interpretation, Nebuchadnezzar knew he’d found a man with real answers, the kind of person he wanted in leadership. So, Daniel was promoted, and the king “made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon” (vs. 46-48).
Today, the world is filled with problems. Many people think the answers will come from politicians or political parties, movements or government programs, or even better forms of education. However, just as in the days of Nebuchadnezzar, there is only one source for the true answer: Turn to God. He alone “reveals mysteries.” People may provide their opinions, but only God can give the truth.
Seek God for the answers you need. Fill your life with His Word. Ask Him to reveal mysteries to you. Pray for your nation and the world, that the Lord may bring Godly leaders into office.
PrayerFather, our nation needs real answers. Help us. Bring Godly leaders into office. Direct our people. Give us Your wisdom. Forgive our sins and heal our land. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingDaniel 2