Faith and Courage
. . ."Take me before the king, and I will tell the king the interpretation.”
The book of Daniel spans seventy years (605–535 bc) of the Babylonian exile, Judah’s punishment for her covenantal unfaithfulness. Once in Babylon, Daniel, was given the Babylonian name Belteshazzar (Daniel 1:7), and was one of the many teenagers of royal and noble Hebrew descent deported to Babylon and educated in the ways of the Babylonians to serve the victorious Babylonian king (v 3-7). Daniel 2 tells of how Daniel rose to become Nebuchadnezzar’s chief adviser and right-hand man. He became adviser and confidante to the kings of Babylon and Medo-Persia; the superpowers of the ancient world.
Daniel had the gift of being able to interpret dreams, and when King Nebuchadnezza was troubled by his dreams, no one in all Babylon could describe or interpret King Nebuchadnezzar’s troubling dream for him. This made the king so angry that he decided to execute all his advisers, and that included Daniel and his friends. But Daniel asked to visit the king, who wanted him dead (Daniel 2:24).
Standing before King Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel gave God all the glory and credit for revealing the mystery of the dream (v 28). When the prophet described and deciphered it, Nebuchadnezzar honoured the “God of gods and the Lord of kings” (v 47). Daniel’s uncommon courage, which was born out of his faith in God, helped him, his friends and the other advisers avoid death that day.
In our lives, there are times when bravery and boldness are needed to communicate important messages. May God guide our words and give us the wisdom to know what to say and the ability to say it well.
Daniel 2 24-30.
Dear Lord God, thank You for the courage Your Son showed during His life on earth. Fill me with Your wisdom and power when I face tense situations, for I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.