God’s Messenger

Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would appoint him a time, and he would show the king the interpretation.

Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: that they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his companions should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then was the secret revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered,

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever; for wisdom and might are his. He changes the times and the seasons; he removes kings, and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals the deep and secret things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.

I thank you, and praise you, you God of my fathers, who have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we desired of you; for you have made known to us the king’s matter.

Therefore Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon; he went and said thus to him: “Don’t destroy the wise men of Babylon; bring me in before the king, and I will show to the king the interpretation.” Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus to him, “I have found a man of the children of the captivity of Judah, who will make known to the king the interpretation.” The king answered Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen, and its interpretation?” Daniel answered before the king, and said, “The secret which the king has demanded can neither wise men, enchanters, magicians, nor soothsayers, show to the king; but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has made known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head on your bed, are these: as for you, O king, your thoughts came into your mind on your bed, what should happen hereafter; and he who reveals secrets has made known to you what shall happen. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but to the intent that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.” -Daniel 2:16-30 (WEB)

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthen me. -Philippians 4:13 (WEB)

“I don’t have the training.” I’ve never done that.” You may have heard objections like these when someone was asked to do something new. Perhaps you have made similar statements yourself.

Daniel was only in his second year of training in Babylon when a crisis developed. He certainly could have said, “I don’t have what it takes. I’m still in training.”

However, Daniel’s response was to pray that God would show mercy and reveal the king’s dream to Daniel. God did. Daniel told the king what he had dreamt and what the dream meant. Verse 28 points out a key fact: “there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets.” It made no difference how much or how little training or experience Daniel had. What mattered was that God had mercifully given the information to Daniel. Daniel was simply the messenger God used to deliver his words to the king.

We, too, can be God’s messengers. How? We can follow Daniel’s example: remain faithful and pray. Then, we step out in faith, relying on Jesus Christ to strengthen us.

O Lord, help us, to be faithful like Daniel. Please guide us, and help us to follow your guidance. Use us, God, to bring your message to whomever you choose. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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