Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Daniel's Reward

Daniel 2:44 - 49

 44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. 45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.
   “The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”
 46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him. 47 The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”
 48 Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men. 49 Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court.

Daniel explained the meaning of the dream to King Nebuchadnezzar.  When all was revealed, the king payed him honor and gave him many things.  He made Daniel be over all of Babylon and put him in charge of the wise men.  Daniel did not forget his friends.  He asked if they could be overseers of Babylon.  

When you do not understand something, isn't it a relief when you do know the meaning?  It frustrates me when people think they know what it is all about, but in honesty, they are wrong.  The wrong may be something they were told and chose to believe, or it was a miscommunication, but in either case jumping to conclusions until all sides of the story are in can be frustrating.  When you hear the whole story, then the light bulb can come on and you can wade through and find the facts.  If you are lucky enough to have a mentor, then it makes it easy.  But for most of us, we chose to believe things that are not true and usually do not want all the facts because we rely on half truths.   

King Nebuchadnezzar heard what Daniel said and knew it was true, because he did not tell anyone what his dream was about.  He lavished great gifts on Daniel and trusted him.  Daniel relied on God for this and because of his faithfulness, was rewarded in kind.  

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