The 2nd chapter of Daniel gives an incredible account of God speaking to Daniel and revealing to him Nebuchadnezzar's dream. The dream itself and the prophecy it contained is well known to most of us, especially if we have any interest at all in end time events. But I was reading this chapter again recently and something new jumped off the page at me ... the amazing faith of Daniel in the moment.
The king wanted his magicians to read his mind, telling him what the dream was about, and then giving an interpretation. Of course they could not do this impossible thing, and their punishment was nothing short of death. But when the guards came for Daniel, he simply found out what was going on and immediately set up an appointment with the king to tell him what he wanted to know. Wait a second ... Nebuchadnezzar's dream and what it meant would not be revealed to Daniel until verse 19 ... so why exactly did he think in verse 16 that it would be prudent to set up a meeting with this delusional, unrealistic tyrant? Faith. That's it. Daniel wasn't just buying time, he had an instinctive reaction to step out in faith, believing that his God would come through. And of course that's exactly what happened. After what I'm sure was a pretty intense prayer meeting with his friends, God showed Daniel the dream and it's meaning.
Heb. 11:1 - Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
written by-Nate Harris
(dad, husband, son, seminary student, cancer survivor)