Daniel replied, “There are no wise men, enchanters, magicians, or fortune-tellers who can reveal the king’s secret. But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the future. Now I will tell you your dream and the visions you saw as you lay on your bed.
“While Your Majesty was sleeping, you dreamed about coming events. He who reveals secrets has shown you what is going to happen. And it is not because I am wiser than anyone else that I know the secret of your dream, but because God wants you to understand what was in your heart.”
Daniel 2:27-30 New Living Translation
Daniel faced a desperate situation in Daniel 2. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that so disturbed him that he demanded that his magicians tell him what he dreamed AND the meaning in order to know that their interpretation was trustworthy. When the magician told the king how impossible his request was, he became so angry he demanded that all the wise men in his empire be executed, including Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. When Daniel heard about the situation, he asked for time to pray to God for an answer to the king’s demand. God answered and Daniel was brought to Nebuchadnezzar to interpret the dream.
When Daniel delivered the answer to Nebuchadnezzar, he was careful to point the king to the true source of wisdom. Daniel did not use the wisdom God gave him for his own benefit (although, Nebuchadnezzar did promote him after this). Like the magicians and enchanters before him, he knew that the king’s request was beyond his own ability. He acknowledged his own lack of ability but told Nebuchadnezzar that God was able to reveal things beyond his human capacity. When the king heard his dream and the interpretation come out of Daniel’s mouth, he could do nothing but acknowledge that the God of Daniel had more power than any other god he had known before. Yahweh’s name became more known among the Babylonian people through what he had done through Daniel.
Sometimes we face impossible situations beyond our capacity to understand what to do. In those times we have a source of knowledge and wisdom beyond our capacity through the work of God and the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul in one of his letters to Jesus followers in Corinth mentions words of wisdom and words of knowledge as two of the gifts the Holy Spirit gives to those He has empowered. When God blesses us with these types of gifts, though, we need to be sure to acknowledge the source of the knowledge and wisdom and not seek glory for ourselves. The ultimate purpose of these gifts is to make the name of Jesus known to those who do not know Him yet.
Thank you, God, that you are the source of knowledge and wisdom beyond our capacity. Help us to remember to always acknowledge you as our source.