Daniel 8

How do I know these events will happen?  Because God doesn’t see things from our perspective.  His perspective is eternal.

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Daniel 8

A strange thing about prophecies.  They are always open to interpretation.  People will see in them what they wish to see in them and will then look at the world around them and try to fit what they see, with what is in the prophecy.  With Daniel’s second vision, however, this is not what happened.  God sent a messenger to specifically give the interpretation of the prophecy.

Daniel 8:15-17

15 Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. 16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” 17 So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.”

Now, let’s give a chronological reference to this vision and the vision from chapter seven.  Daniel’s chapter seven vision occurred just before the events in Daniel 5.  This vision occurs, roughly around the same time.  Why is this significant?

It bears knowing because unless he was a master military man, there is no way Daniel could have looked at the events that were happening, at the age he was for the two visions, in his 60’s for the first vision and his 70’s for the second, and known what was coming.  If you remember from reading Daniel 5, the Medo-Persian empire deposed of Belshazzar with only one warning.

Daniel 5:25-28

25 “And this is the inscription that was written:
MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
26 This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 TEKELYou have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; 28 PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” 
And let’s say, for the sake of argument and debate, that Daniel was a military man and not a bureaucrat, no one foresaw the coming of Alexander the Great, whose army ran rough shod over anyone they encountered, much like the goat did to the ram in Daniel’s vision.  But, not knowing what the vision meant, Daniel sought God about it.  And see here is the deal, God answered in two ways, giving Daniel an understanding contemporarily of what the vision meant, but also referring to events in the far future, namely the end of days.
Please refer to Daniel 8:18-27
So how does all this apply to us.  First and foremost, it has to do with spiritual gifts.  There are people who have the gift of prophecy.  There are also those with other spiritual gifts, but the key to remember here is, unless God has someone to interpret whatever gifts or message God is sending, then the person is doing it to draw attention to themselves and it is not for the edification of the body, which how spiritual gifts are meant to be used.  The second is perspective.  I am cursed with the ability to look at patterns and see them repeating themselves amongst people when I look at things objectively.  I can, with a 90% accuracy rate, predict people’s behavior and actions because of this, and it stinks because I am rarely surprised.  I am not unique, there are lots of people who can do this.  But I can’t predict future time events.  I can’t see when Jesus is coming back nor when the Antichrist will rise.  But both events are going to happen, and this vision of Daniel’s refers to that as well.
How do I know these events will happen?  Because God doesn’t see things from our perspective.  His perspective is eternal.  He will use contemporary events as foreshadowing of what is to come, but He never tells us the time frame.  There are people who will look at the modern time events and say, “Oh the end times are upon us.”  I respond to this by asking them if they are God and when their response is no, I nod and move on.  See only God knows when end time events will start, when they will happen and when He is sending Christ back.  So again, much like yesterday, I say our job, as believers, is to make sure as many people as possible are at that dinner feast.
Until tomorrow, be blessed.

Daniel 7

There’s a time coming where this blog and others like it, will be illegal.

Daniel 7

Today, after time in prayer and seeking the Lord for direction in this, we can begin to look at the visions of Daniel in these last six chapters.  I have sought the Lord on this because visions and prophecies are open to interpretation and perspective.  However, most Biblical scholars can come to a consensus with regard to certain aspects of this first vision of Daniel, and that it’s a prophecy of the end of days.

Probably the biggest clue about this vision being about the end of days is in verses 13-14.

Daniel 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!  He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.  14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.
In looking at these two verses we can clearly see two distinct individuals, the Ancient of Days, God, and “One like the Son of Man,” representing Jesus.  In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as the “Son of Man” 88 times.  But why is the reference to him as the Son of Man important?  It is a direct acknowledgment of His humanity.
I have heard and had debates and discussions with other Christians and non-believers about Jesus and why He allowed what happened to Him to happen if He was all powerful and God’s Son.  The answer is simpler than most realize.  He was being obedient to His Father.  You see, Jesus was fully God and fully human.  A perfect blending.  A perfect sacrifice and vessel by which the old ways of the law could be done away with and all could come to know the gift of salvation.  So could Jesus have not gone to the cross and dealt with all those who opposed His teachings in one fell swoop?  Yes.  Why didn’t He?  He didn’t because if it had been done then, we, the modern Christians wouldn’t have a chance with what’s coming.
Daniel 7:19-22
19 “Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet; 20 and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows.
21 “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.
Alright folks, this is pretty cut and dry.  There’s going to be someone coming who is going  to make war against all believers.  There’s a time coming where this blog and others like it, will be illegal.  There’s a time coming where the modern day hidden home churches like in China and other nations, will be hunted down, ransacked and executed.  I will give you three guesses as to who is going to be behind all that, and the first two don’t count.  If you don’t believe me, look at the state of the world currently.  This is all just the beginning.
If you are a believer and reading this, your job is to have faith in Him and reach out to anyone and everyone.  Don’t be a jerk about it though.  Represent the Lord well.  If someone doesn’t want to hear, don’t force the issue.  But if people are truly wishing to hear and know the Lord and He is using you as the mouthpiece, again, represent Him well.  Be humble as He was, but pull no punches and make sure you know the truth and are speaking it.  Remember, His kingdom is going to be an everlasting kingdom and we are saints of the Most High.  We are going to win, but it’s our job while we are here, to make sure as many as possible are sharing in the victory feast with us.
Until tomorrow, be blessed.

Daniel 6

As I have said in other entries, the way we behave, in our workplace, in our lives, in every environment that we are in, should reflect God.

Daniel 6

Submissions to masters.  This is a subject mentioned in three different epistles in the New Testatment.  As Christians, we are to submit to our employers rules and regulations.  But what happens when our faith comes into conflict with our work?  Our vocation can help us pay our bills, but ultimately, we answer to the Lord.  We will examine this further today as we watch what happens with Daniel in the one story every child of God, from young to old, knows, Daniel being thrown into the lion’s den.

At about this time, Daniel is 80 years old and has now served in a high position under two different empires.  Furthermore, Daniel is one of three governors in the kingdom serving under Darius and then later under Cyrus, who ultimately allows the Israelites to return.  Under Daniel and the other two governors are 120 satraps.

Now for those who don’t know what a satrap is, they would be the equivalent of a county or town execcutive.  So, the local satraps, as we read, try to set Daniel up, using his own faith against him, since they could find no wrong doing in him.  The first lesson of this is, let your work be above reproach or questioning amongst your underlings or your peers.  Don’t give anyone a reason to be able to accuse you of doing something wrong, either in your workplace or your life.  The second lesson is this, when you are in a high position or a position of rank, there are those who are going to use every means at their disposal to get at you and make you look bad.

Let’s look at what the local satraps did in Daniel 6:

Daniel 6:4-9

So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”  So these governors and satraps thronged before the king, and said thus to him: “King Darius, live forever!  All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.  Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.”  Therefore King Darius signed the written decree.
Now, I’d like to say King Darius was not a bad guy, just a little gullible.  He bought into the whole line the other governors, Daniel’s peers, and the satraps, Daniel’s underlings, were saying.  It was fully within his power to say no about it, but he didn’t.  And as we see later on, when the satraps and governors snitch on Daniel, he realizes he’s been duped and tries to find a way out for Daniel.  But this is where it gets interesting.
Darius, while not a follower of God, recognized the power of our heavenly Father.  Darius knew who Daniel’s God was and told him blatantly, this is a paraphrase, “Daniel, I know Who has your back.  If it’s in His will to protect you, I’ll see you in the morning.”  But having to pronounce the sentence over his own decree tore Darius up so badly he “spent the night fasting and no musicians were brought before him.  Also his sleep went from him.”  So, as you see here, Daniel’s devotion to the Almighty God not only brought recognition of Him to his superior, but had a profound effect on Darius, just as a person.
But let’s see what happens here.
Daniel 6:19-28
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”
21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”
23 Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.
Darius Honors God
24 And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions—them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.
25 Then King Darius wrote:
To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth:
Peace be multiplied to you.
26 I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, And steadfast forever;
His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end.
27 He delivers and rescues, And He works signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Well now, isn’t that interesting.  Not only does God save Daniel from the lions, but King Darius issues a decree that Daniel’s God, our God, should be the one feared and trembled before.  He recognizes God’s sovereignity and that His kingdom will have no end.  So here is the final lesson from today’s reading.
As I have said in other entries, the way we behave, in our workplace, in our lives, in every environment that we are in, should reflect God.  We should be showing His love, compassion, patience and integrity in everything we do.  Will we have people come against us.  Absolutely.  But if you trust in Him, are loyal to Him and always seek Him in prayer and worship, then those folks who do come against you won’t matter.  They can’t stand against Him and they will get their comeuppance when He is ready to dish it out.
Until tomorrow, when we begin to examine Daniel’s prophecies, be blessed.

Daniel 5

Whatever we manage to accomplish, He is the One who should get the credit, because we are merely tools through which the world should see Him.

Daniel 5

In chapter five we are fast forwarding sixty-six years after the events in chapter one.  Nebuchadnezzar’s reign is over and the kingdom is now being ruled by one of his descendants.  Two things should be noted with regard to Belshezzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s descendant.

The first is that he existed.  Archaeologists have discovered ancient writings and documents that bear his seal and signature on them, confirming his existence and the concluding events of this chapter, namely the invasion of Babylon by the Medes.  Secondly is that he was arrogant enough to believe he could use the holy things that were meant to be in God’s temple and not face consequences.  But that is not the focus of today.  Today’s focus is on making sure you, as a believer, are making sure God has a good reputation.

Daniel 5:10-12

10 The queen, because of the words of the king and his lords, came to the banquet hall. The queen spoke, saying, “O king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts trouble you, nor let your countenance change. 11 There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. 12 Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.”

While Nebuchadnezzar is long well and dead, Daniel is still alive and serving in the capacity God placed him in.  And the assumption can be made that Daniel was doing well in the position.  But, as I said, this is about making sure God, not Daniel, has a good reputation.

If you note in the verses above, the queen stated Daniel had the “Spirit of the Holy God.”  She didn’t read off Daniel’s resume, but noted that due to Daniel’s actions during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, God’s Spirit could be seen.  So here’s a question for us to ask ourselves, can people see God through us?  Do we behave in such a way that when people speak of us, they can speak well of God?  Or are we judgmental, harsh, cruel, harbor anger and resentment, behave duplicitously and are willing to do anything to get ahead in life?

You see brothers and sisters, our blessings, whatever they may be, are meant to be used for His glory, not our own.  Whatever we manage to accomplish, He is the One who should get the credit, because we are merely tools through which the world should see Him.

As I have said previously, I will not take credit in my own life for the good things I have helped make happen.  Not for my position at my job, nor for what the Lord has allowed me to do there.  On my first day, I sat in on a conference call meeting and saw where the office standing was, two-hundred thousand dollars in bad debt for the month.  This was at the end of September.  My direct supervisor and I had a brief conversation outside while having a cigarette.  She was nervous, I wasn’t.  I specifically told her, I don’t tell God how big the problem is, I take the problem to God and show the problem how big God is.  As of yesterday, the office for the month of October, is now sixty-four thousand in the good.  That doesn’t fix us for the year, but I am confident.  Not in myself or my abilities, not in my boss or her leadership, not even in the general manager.  I am confident in Him.  But that’s not my point.  I want the office at large to see Him through me.  My desire is through my actions and my work ethic, they see God and recognize Him.  And if they don’t see Him, then I’m doing something wrong.

I never want it to be said of my life:

Daniel 5:25-28

25 “And this is the inscription that was written:
MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
26 This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 TEKELYou have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; 28 PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”
Because I did not have my life and actions reflect positively on God.

Daniel 4

Sometimes we can get so caught up in our own accomplishments, that we forget to recognize who gave us the abilities or who set up the circumstances for us to complete those accomplishments.

Daniel 4

Pride.  A simple five letter word, but a word that is very dangerous to people, even Christians.  Sometimes we can get so caught up in our own accomplishments, that we forget to recognize who gave us the abilities or who set up the circumstances for us to complete those accomplishments.  And that is a great folly.

Just look at what happened to Nebuchadnezzar in this chapter.  In his second dream, he received a message from God with regard to his accomplishments.  Now, to take a small step back, we have to remember Nebuchadnezzar, in chapter two of Daniel, recognized God’s power.  He even states it when he calls Daniel to him in this chapter.  But he did not yield to what God wanted and remained prideful.  So God did what God always does in those situations; He gave Nebuchadnezzar grace to turn from his ways and when the king didn’t, He humbled him.

Daniel 4:28-33

28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. 30 The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?”  31 While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! 32 And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”
33 That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.
Now, let’s get some things clear here.  Before this, our friend Daniel faced certain execution.  How so?  Well the king asked Daniel to interpret the dream he’d had and if the king didn’t like what Daniel said…well he was the king.  However, Daniel’s faith was in God, not the king, so he told the king the truth regardless of the fact that it could have cost him his life.
Getting back to the main point of being prideful, Nebuchadnezzar had recognized God’s power in chapter two.  He saw what God could do.  Now I don’t know if Nebuchadnezzar simply chose to ignore the warning or thought he had plenty of time to right his wrongs, but he did receive fair warning from Daniel.
Daniel 4:27
27 Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor.  Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.”
You see, brothers and sisters, when we sin and screw up, God always gives us a set length of time to get us to turn away from the wrong we are doing.  He’ll give us warnings through His word, through fellow believers who care for us and, if all else fails, non-believers who even recognize that what we are doing does not jive with what we say we believe.
So let’s take the time to examine our lives.  Is there an area in our lives that we are saying we know better than God?  Are we not heeding the warnings from our brothers and sisters or even non-believers He has but in our path?  If there is, you still have time to drop to your knees, pray to Him, ask His forgiveness and ask for His help to give you humility.  As it says in Isaiah 57:15, 15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Until tomorrow, be blessed

Daniel 3

We need to look at God and recognize He’s got everything well in Hand…

Daniel 3

The modern world is filled with compromise.  Give a little and you’ll get a little if you will.  Where it comes to our faith and being children and worshipers of the Lord, however, believers need to be uncompromising in all environments.  Today’s reading shows an example of what it sometimes means to be uncompromising.

Daniel 3:16-18

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to 10 deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

So, here we have an extremely difficult situation for our buddies Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego.  Nebuchadnezzar had set up a pretty, gold statue of himself, just being a tad self-absorbed, for people to worship at appointed times and anyone who didn’t…well they got executed.  Furthermore, you had a bunch of kiss up snitches whom had already been shown up by Daniel and his companions once, so they were eager to get rid of the ones who worshipped God.  Does this sound like a familiar situation to you?  Has something similar happened in your own personal life?  If the answer is yes, I can tell you that I am not surprised by this.

This world is filled with people who fall into certain categories.  The first category is those who are so full of themselves, they want to be worshipped like gods.  They believe they are untouchable.  The second category is those who are toadies or “yes” people to the ones who want to be worshipped.  These folks will say and do whatever they have to in order to tear people down or improve their own position.  The final category, which is where we as believers should fall, is those who believe in Someone greater than themselves guiding their actions and daily lives.

Now, what happens if you fall into a position where you are on the bad side of one of the two other categories and are facing a metaphorical “fiery furnace” in your own life.  Well that’s simple enough, you put your faith in Him.  Let’s look at what happens to Daniel’s three friends when they do not yield and do not compromise their principles or beliefs.

Daniel 3:19-30

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”  They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”  25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”  26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. 27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.  28 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! 29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.”
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.
A couple of points we should recognize here.  The first point being the Christophany.  A Christophany is a manifestation of Christ after His death.  In this case, it’s before His birth.  I personally, and feel free to disagree, and several scholars that I’ve read, feel this is a definitive appearance of Christ before the time of His birth.  But what’s important is the second point, the fact that Nebuchadnezzar recognized God was with our three friends.  He not only recognized it, but declared publicly his people were not to say anything amiss about God.  Well, isn’t that an interesting turn of events?
Brothers and sisters, we live in a world where compromise, yielding your principles to save your own skin is looked upon favorably.  But what we, as Christians should be doing is being as uncompromising as our three friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego.  We need to look at God and recognize He’s got everything well in Hand and whether we are facing arrogant people who want worship or those who are seeking their own gain by tearing you down, He’s the One who will protect you from the fire they will seek to put you in.  When we stand by Him, He stands by us.

Daniel 2

We need to stop counting on our own abilitites to do impossible tasks and we need to start putting those impossible or insurmountable tasks in His hands.

Daniel 2

Ever get a seemingly impossible or insurmountable task at work?  Has your boss ever given you a project that just seems so big you think, “It’s never going to get done?”  We all have at some point or another.  Brothers and sisters, we have to stop looking at the problem or situation and start looking at the cross and what He is capable of doing.

In today’s reading, we see Daniel and his friends on the verge of being executed because other people couldn’t do their job.  Furthermore, continuing to use the analogy of a workplace environment, the boss knew his people were incompetent, so he went on a firing spree.  In Biblical times getting fired, usually meant execution, so remember that when you feel your boss is being harsh.  I digress, how do we deal with incompetent co-workers or an overbearing boss?  Well let’s look at our Scriptural examples and find out how Daniel, Shadrach, Meschach and Abed-Nego handled the situation.

Daniel 2:16-19

16 So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation. 17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18 that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven .

Now, what everyone needs to remember here is that Nebuchadnezzar had also added a bit more to the task than just the interpretation of the dream.  He wanted the “wise men” of his kingdom to tell him what the dream was as well.  So yes, an impossible task…for ordinary men.  But not for God.  Not only does He give Daniel and his friends the dream, the interpretation, but He, in my opinion, also does a foreshadowing of His kingdom.  Now remember, my opinion doesn’t count for much, but when I read about that final kingdom that shows up destroying the previous four and the description of it, I can see nothing else but us as believers and being part of God’s kingdom here on earth.

Refer to Daniel 2:27-45

So, by completely putting the issue before God, if you keep reading through the end, not only did Daniel and his friends get their lives saved, but in essence, they were promoted at work.

If you haven’t figured out how to apply to your own personal life yet, then I will tell you a quick story.  In September, I lost my job through some bad decision making in my personal life.  What’s the first thing I did, dropped to my knees of course.  And don’t you know, I was only unemployed for a couple of weeks.  God revealed Himself not just once, but twice.  As it turned out, the office for the company I am working for, due to neglect on the A/R end of things, had 200K in bad debt.  Impossible mountain to conquer considering I’d never done A/R before in my life and November was the end of the fiscal year for the company.  Oh wait, impossible for me, but not for Him.  I put my faith in Him and did my job duties to the best of my ability and now, at the end of this month, the office is now at less than 25K in bad debt.  That’s not because I am doing anything spectacular but putting my faith in Him and doing my job to the best of the abilities and knowledge He gives me.  And now, and this is not a boast, but an example from my life, I am poised to be promoted.  And this is all on Him.  I did nothing special, just my job.  He handled everything else.

See brothers and sisters, we need to stop counting on our own abilitites to do impossible tasks and we need to start putting those impossible or insurmountable tasks in His hands.  When we do that, we will see there is nothing He can’t do around us, through us and in us.

Until tomorrow, be blessed.