But There Is A God

From Linda Lindsey

The astrologers answered the king, “There is not a man on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer. What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among men.” Daniel 2:10-11

Daniel’s reply to Nebuchadnezzar: No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. Daniel 2:27-28(a)

Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him. The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.” Daniel 2:46-47

King Nebuchadnezzar, after suffering a disturbing and frightening dream, summoned his wise men for an explanation, but his peculiar request confused and disheartened his staff. The king wanted the magicians, enchanters and astrologers to both tell the dream and it’s meaning. The wise men remonstrate. It’s too difficult; no it’s impossible. No one, except the gods, could possibly accomplish such a thing, and they don’t live among men. Nebuchadnezzar, not a man to thwart, angrily demanded the execution of all the wise men, which included Daniel and his friends. Daniel, seeking an explanation for the king’s harsh decree, spoke with his customary wisdom and tact to the king’s executioner. Seemingly unperturbed, Daniel asked the king for extra time.Daniel and his friends immediately began an urgent prayer vigil; during the night God revealed the mystery to Daniel. Humbled that God would choose to reveal His deep insights to them, they didn’t immediately rush into the king’s presence. Instead Daniel and his friends stopped to praise and thank God, gratefully giving Him glory and honor.  Daniel’s answer to the king’s query must have given Nebuchadnezzar pause; when the king asked if Daniel could tell and interpret his dream, Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about.” Nebuchadnezzar’s blood pressure must have soared! Daniel, however, went on to say, “But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come.” 

Daniel knew what the pagan religionists couldn’t know: there is a God who lives among men and He delights in revealing His mysteries to those who love and obey Him. God promised to live with us, walk among us, and be our God, thereby making us God’s very own people. Unfathomable? Indeed, yet true. Nothing is too difficult for our God. Our response? Love Him wholeheartedly. Trust Him unreservedly. Pray to Him unceasingly. Thank Him continuously. Give Him all glory, honor and praise, now, and throughout eternity!