I could have used Daniel’s skills this morning. I woke up last night with a dream about 1:00 in the morning, and it took me some time to get back to sleep, and I really can’t remember too much of it this morning.
It seems King Nebuchadnezzar was in the same boat. He had a dream, and it must have been a doozie, but he can’t remember it but wants someone to interpret it for him anyway. None of his interpreters can do it so naturally he threatens to kill them. Daniel and company are brought before the king to interpret this dream and are under the same threat. Daniel, after a time for prayer, lays out the dream and the interpretation of it today, but takes none of the credit.
I preached on Daniel and the lions den this past weekend and the point of this story is similar. Daniel trusts in God, but does not manipulate for his own means. In this situation as in many others throughout this book, is that God is faithful, and this is where Daniel’s trust lives.
Daniel’s faith and life seem to be the epitome of “thy will be done.” We pray that as part of the Lord’s prayer every week, but often we struggle deeply with it. We would rather our will be done, I know I have often sent up prayer requests that fall into that category. This is not a bad thing God wants to hear our prayers and requests, its just that we don’t always see the big picture and in Daniel’s interpretation of the dream there is a glimpse of that bigger picture, that God is in control and we are called to live faithfully in that truth.