Daily D – Daniel 2:30
And it is not because I am wiser than anyone else that I know the secret of your dream, but because God wants you to understand what was in your heart. DANIEL 2:30 (NLT)
This is God’s show, not ours. There is a guy not far from here who has a television show where he does gospel-sounding things for fun and profit. I am pretty sure, no, I know Daniel would not approve.
When Daniel and his friends prayed, God answered with the dream and the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. This interpretation saved the lives of the whole college faculty and many government advisors. Daniel never took credit for what God alone could know. The Dream Giver alone is the Dream Revealer and Interpreter.
Perhaps the next time someone asks what our dreams are for the future, we can respond, “Whatever the Dream Giver gives and whatever the Dream Interpreter says.” That sounds like a checkmate kind of answer. Even if we do not say it aloud, we can know it in our hearts.
My dreams through the years have tended to make me the hero. God’s dreams for me turn me into a hero maker. His dreams are about how he can strategically maximize my life in the service of building up others. His dreams for me are better than mine for myself.
What happened when Daniel told the truth? Look down the page to verse 47:
“The king said to Daniel, ‘Truly, your God is the greatest of gods, the Lord over kings, a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this secret.’”
When Daniel refused to take the credit, the credit went where it belonged. God was honored. Eyes were opened. People were saved. The next two verses tell us how Daniel and Friends were elevated to some of the highest positions in the government under the king.
What lessons do we learn here?
* God is the Dream Giver.
* God is the Dream Interpreter.
* God’s truth saves lives.
* Humble obedience leads to more significant service.
We need more Daniels. We need to dream better dreams. We need to listen to God’s interpretations. We need to allow him to place us where we can do the most good.
I will dream God’s dreams for me.
Our Father, fill my mind with your dreams for me. I want whatever you want for me. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.