In the first chapter of the book of Daniel, God made a way for 4 noblemen (children or young men, if you read some translations) of the recently captured nation of Judah to be brought into King Nebuchadnezzar’s palace and serve there among royalty.
In the second chapter, we see God moving these boys into places of high prominence in their captor’s government.
God chose to do a miracle in Daniel. God had placed Daniel in this place, in this situation, so that He (God) could be glorified.
The king has a dream and consults his wisemen, astrologers, magicians and sages to not only interpret his dream, but to tell the king what the dream was. Clearly, this was an impossible task. His wicked assembly pleaded with the king:
10 The astrologers replied to the king, “There isn’t a man alive who can tell Your Majesty his dream! And no king, however great and powerful, has ever asked such a thing of any magician, enchanter, or astrologer! 11 This is an impossible thing the king requires. No one except the gods can tell you your dream, and they do not live among people.”
So, the king, annoyed with their excuses, sent out orders to kill these men he had assembled – AND all the other “wise men” in Babylon. Unfortunately, this also included Daniel.
When Daniel found out about it, he went to the king and asked for more time. That night Daniel urged his 3 friends to ask God to reveal “the secret.”
Daniel got the dream and the meaning of the dream – in vivid detail, and he thanked God:
19 That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven, 20 saying, “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he alone has all wisdom and power. 21 He determines the course of world events; he removes kings and sets others on the throne. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. 22 He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he himself is surrounded by light. 23 I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors, for you have given me wisdom and strength. You have told me what we asked of you and revealed to us what the king demanded.”
That’s not the end of the story. Look at the Babylonian king’s response:
46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar bowed to the ground before Daniel and worshiped him, and he commanded his people to offer sacrifices and burn sweet incense before him. 47 The king said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is the God of gods, the Lord over kings, a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this secret.” 48 Then the king appointed Daniel to a high position and gave him many valuable gifts. He made Daniel ruler over the whole province of Babylon, as well as chief over all his wise men. 49 At Daniel’s request, the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be in charge of all the affairs of the province of Babylon, while Daniel remained in the king’s court.
God answered the request of Daniel and his friends in order that He, the one true God, could be revealed in power and majesty. God placed these boys in this place so that God can receive glory – even from the then ruler over all the inhabited world, King Nebuchadnezzar.
In the process, these boys were given gifts and blessings beyond their wildest dreams.
What situation has God put you in, in order that you might bring glory to Him? How can you be praying for a miracle? And, not a miracle to make you look good, but to bring glory to God Himself!
You never know how He might bless you for such faithful service.