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Knowing Where to Turn

Knowing Where to Turn

Daniel 2:1-3 - In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep. So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king, he said to them, ‘I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means.”

The astrologers asked the king to reveal his dream so that they could consult the stars and present their interpretation, but the king did not want to reveal it. In Daniel 2:6 he ordered them, “So tell me the dream and (then) interpret it for me.” The wisemen were shocked at the king’s request. They responded in Daniel 2:11, “What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among humans.”

There was also a young man named Daniel being held captive in Babylon at that time. When Daniel heard about the king’s demand, he knew where to turn for answers. He requested time with the king and then asked for time to pray to the Lord for the interpretation.

Daniel returned to the king, but before presenting the dream and interpretation, he wanted to make one thing clear. In Daniel 2:27, he said, “No wise man, enchanter, magician, or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.” Daniel wisely gave all glory and honor to God alone.

In your own life when you face difficult decisions and sleepless nights, where do you turn for answers? Do you seek help from anyone that will listen? Do you read books, listen to podcasts, or watch what you hope will be helpful documentaries and television shows? Young Daniel set an excellent example for us to follow. He did not seek answers from men. He turned to the One who is the Giver of wisdom. He did not look to the stars as the astrologers did. He looked to the Maker of the stars - our Lord God Almighty.

If today you lack direction, ask God for help. Turn to Him and His Word for answers. Listen for His guidance. He has great plans for you. He will lead you. Instead of looking around for help, look up and then join together with Daniel in saying, “Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are his.” (Daniel 2:20).

God’s Blessings,
Tammy
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