The God of the Impossible

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Daniel 2:1-18

. . . seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery. (2:18)

Nebuchadnezzar has had a bad dream, and he is very frightened. In fact, he is doubly frightened because he cannot even remember what the dream was. When people are frightened they can do stupid or unkind or dangerous things. Here King Nebuchadnezzar does all three! He is stupid, because the wise men were trained to interpret dreams, not to tell them first. He is unkind, because he threatens them with a very unpleasant fate—hideous torture, death, and the destruction of their families. And he is dangerous because he loses his temper—and anything can happen once you do that. Panic! All the wise men of Babylon (including Daniel and his companions) are suddenly condemned to death!

Daniel weighs up the situation, and does two very wise things. First, he promises to explain the dream and asks the king for an appointment to do so. This gives him time to do the second thing: ask God for the answer! The first he did alone; in the second he involved his friends. He “told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery” (v. 18). They do, and God delivers!

Moral: No matter how impossible your situation, God’s mercy can deliver you.

PRAYER

Lord, develop our trust in you as the God for whom nothing is impossible.