The king’s scary dream is finally interpreted. Happy camper is Nebuchadnezzar! He has found a wise man with wisdom from on high. Unfortunately, he gives praise to Daniel. Somewhat misplaced, but this king also offers praise and sacrifice to God. Acts of worship? Seem to be. Spiritual progress begins in Nebuchadnezzar’s heart.
Daniel had been forcibly seized and exiled into foreign Babylon. Judah defeated with its Temple destroyed. Babylonians nab the cream of Judah’s youth, to be trained as their own. For centuries, Assyria had been the world power, but they were defeated along with the Egyptians in the famed battle of Carchemish in 605 BC. Babylonians– now the only ‘big boys on the block’! Forever? Hardly. There’s Nebuchadnezzar’s dream that Daniel deals with. Where the world will be turned upside down. Topsy-turvy.
Your life ever feel that way? Mine has. Going fine one day. On my face in the dirt the next. Is that how you feel? Unfairness seizes the upper hand? It’s not right! Here’s where our story in the Old Testament Book of Daniel takes quite a turn…for the better. At verse 46. Who is on his knees before whom? (Did I get the who/whom correct?!) The ‘big-shot’ Babylonian king pays humble homage to the lowly, exiled Jew Daniel. Talk about a role-reversal! ‘… King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor…’ (v.46). Tables turned! Topsy-turvy!
Like what Jesus says– ‘But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first’ (Matthew 19:30). God has His way of making right what had been wrong. In your life and mine. Trust Him. Pray. Wait on Him. I know waiting is not fun. I know. But wait on Him, anyway. You’ll never regret it. Never!
Prayer: Dear God, we do trust you and look forward to your goodness prevailing. In Jesus’ name. Amen.