Friday, September 25, 2009

From Death Row to Governor

Things happen fast, sometimes.

Daniel and his friends are condemned to die, along with all the wise men and all the government workers.

Daniel and his friends pray.

God comes through.

26 The king asked Daniel (renamed in Babylonian, Belteshazzar), "Are you sure you can do this—tell me the dream I had and interpret it for me?"
27 -28 Daniel answered the king, "No mere human can solve the king's mystery, I don't care who it is—no wise man, enchanter, magician, diviner. But there is a God in heaven who solves mysteries, and he has solved this one. He is letting King Nebuchadnezzar in on what is going to happen in the days ahead. This is the dream you had when you were lying on your bed, the vision that filled your mind:

Daniel tells the king the dream, the meaning and how it applies to the king. The king's reaction is dramatic, and immediate.

46 -47 When Daniel finished, King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face in awe before Daniel. He ordered the offering of sacrifices and burning of incense in Daniel's honor. He said to Daniel, "Your God is beyond question the God of all gods, the Master of all kings. And he solves all mysteries, I know, because you've solved this mystery."

The results for Daniel, and through him his buddies, were equally dramatic.

48 -49 Then the king promoted Daniel to a high position in the kingdom, lavished him with gifts, and made him governor over the entire province of Babylon and the chief in charge of all the Babylonian wise men. At Daniel's request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to administrative posts throughout Babylon, while Daniel governed from the royal headquarters.

Now Daniel is the governor. Remember, he is still a very young man. But he seems to adapt to his new position with grace and wisdom.

And already in his story we see God getting glory nationally and internationally as a result of this young man, following God with integrity and diligence.

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