Hmm. I need a new bible! A large print Dakes for days when I am too pooped to get out of bed and put on my contact lenses.
Oh well, thank Jesus for Bible Gateway.
This morning, I was up at 5…am. It seems to be quite the norm for me ever since the encounter weekend, so today I embraced it. I started my devotions at 5 am and I was led to read the book of Daniel. Wow!
(I think this new heart of mine has a new found love for the Word of God!)
There’s a lot in the first 4 chapters of Daniel that I can talk about. But I’m going to dwell on one point, cuz I’m very much into fathoming the greatness of God right now.
You’d have to read the first few chapters, but in chapter 2, the King found himself disturbed by a dream that he could not interpret. He called a whole bunch of magicians and soothsayers to interpret, and if they did not, they would all be killed…dead…dead. (King’s got issues I tell you).
Anyway, all of the magicians in the palace could not interpret his dream. It wasn’t that they couldn’t cook up some story, but the King wanted them to tell him what his own dream was about. Since no wise man could do that…they were pretty much all destined for their coffins. including Daniel and his 3 friends.
Now how many know it was time for Daniel to pack up his suitcase and get on the next flight out of there? But he used wisdom. This is what he did:
17 Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what had happened.18 He urged them to ask the God of heaven to show them his mercy by telling them the secret, so they would not be executed along with the other wise men of Babylon. 19 That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven.
Basically Daniel put God in a spot here. He said ‘God of heaven. We’re your kids. If you don’t answer, we’re going down with these other ‘wise men’. Be glorified. God gave him the dream that He gave Nebuchadnezzar.
You have to understand how incredibly impossible it would have been for anyone to receive the dream that Nebuchadnezzar received. I mean, any fake can look at your eyes and kind of piece a bit of information here and there (think the Mentalist). But Daniel had been given the exact dream and the exact interpretation of the dream.
He later told one of the King’s men “tell the King I will interpret his dream”. Why? Because of the certainty of His God.
His response to the King?
“There are no wise men, enchanters, magicians, or fortune-tellers who can reveal the king’s secret. 28 But there is a God in heaven…
From time to time, I think it’s important for us to slap ourselves in the head (yes! Slap ourselves in the head…gently though) and remind ourselves that there is a God in heaven. Something goes wrong… our first response might be to panic. But as soon as we catch ourselves panicking, we need to take a step back.
We need to see the big picture. See the God who created heaven and earth.
Take account of all the things He has done for His children.
And say ” Now wait a minute! But there is a God in Heaven!!!!”
Think of the most impossible situation in your life…then think “but there is a God in heaven”. It’s the only “but” that matters.
This God in Heaven will never see the righteous forsaken. He will never feed his children to the slaughter. He will never leave you in the valley of the shadow of death. He is strong and mighty. And He is purposed to being glorified at ALL times in your life.