“There are no wise men, enchanters, magicians, or fortune-tellers who can reveal the king’s secret. But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the future. Now I will tell you your dream and the visions you saw as you lay on your bed” (Daniel 2:27-28 NLT).
Over the last few days in these devotionals, I’ve shown you what Daniel did when facing an impossible situation in Daniel 2. The king had asked him to interpret a tough dream. It almost got the king’s wise men killed because they couldn’t explain what the dream meant.
The stakes were high! But Daniel followed a terrific process that can help us, too.
- Don’t panic, and then ask why.
- Ask for more time.
- Gather prayer partners.
- Pray to God for help.
- Ask God for supernatural help.
- Worship God.
- Use what you’ve learned to save others.
And God showed up. Then Daniel used the opportunity to point others to God.
The Bible says Daniel told the king: “There are no wise men, enchanters, magicians, or fortune-tellers who can reveal the king’s secret. But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the future. Now I will tell you your dream and the visions you saw as you lay on your bed” (Daniel 2:27-28 NLT).
Daniel didn’t take credit for the amazing answer to the king’s dream. He knew God had given him the answer. So he was honest about that.
I don’t know about you, but if I were a 17-year-old boy and I did something to make the king happy, I’d be tempted to take a bit of the credit. Daniel did the praying. He did the listening. He did the obeying.
Couldn’t he take a bit of the credit?
He didn’t. Instead he pointed people to God.
Do that and God will bless you. God will do great things through a person who doesn’t care who gets the credit.
It’s a bold witness for Jesus. It’s what evangelism is all about.
God wants you to do that in every situation of your life — whether you’re in a coffee shop, in a meeting, or at home parenting a 3-year-old.
God wants you to point others to him.
Read a bit further in Daniel 2 and you can see how this story turned out.
The Bible says the pagan king told 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” (Daniel 2:47 NLT).
How about that? A pagan leader acknowledged the true Creator of the universe.
When you spend your life pointing people to God, miracles happen.
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Talk It Over
- Describe what you’ve learned from someone who consistently points others to God when good things happen to them.
- What can keep you from pointing people to God when he works in your life?
- How has your life been impacted by the humble response of others to the Lord’s work in their lives?