Therefore Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said thus to him: “Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; bring me in before the king, and I will show the king the interpretation.”
Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said thus to him: “I have found among the exiles from Judah a man who will make known to the king the interpretation.” The king declared to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?” Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these: To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be. But as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your mind.” Daniel 2:24-30 ESV
Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
Our God is in the heavens;
he does all that he pleases. Psalm 115:1-3 ESV
Have you ever heard the story about a pastor who went to visit one of his members? This man had a beautiful garden with neatly trimmed shrubs and lovely flowers growing in a well-planned array. The pastor said to him, “Isn’t it marvelous what a good gardener can do with God’s help?” The man answered, “Yes, and you should have seen it when it God took care of this garden on His own.” This man was trying to say that he was a much better gardener than God was! When the garden had run wild, it was full of weeds and tangles of branches and vines, but when the man got to work he made it orderly and beautiful. He forgot that nothing can grow without the Lord’s help, and that his ability to work and plan came from God too. He didn’t want to give the Lord any credit.
Daniel wasn’t like this gardener. When God gave him the king’s dream and his meaning, he went to the captain of the guard, Arioch, and told him that he could give the king an answer. So Arioch took Daniel to King Nebuchadnezzar, and the king asked Daniel if he knew what he had dreamed and what it meant. Daniel said that the only reason he knew it was because God had told him, and that no wise man on earth would ever have been able to solve the mystery. God had revealed the dream to Daniel to help the king understand what the future would hold. Daniel gave all the glory and credit to the Lord and to the Lord’s purposes in the world.
We also give glory to God. On our own we can’t do anything, and anything we accomplish in this world is with his help. We have the incredible privilege of knowing the Lord’s main purpose in our world, to save us through what Jesus did for us on the cross and to bring many people to come to know Jesus. We couldn’t possibly have done anything to save ourselves or anyone else, but in Jesus God did it all for us. He works with us and through us to show his love for all people and to spread his kingdom to people all over the world.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to always give you the glory for everything you have done for us in Jesus. In His Name, Amen.