Daniel 2: Not Afraid to Share
Daniel 2 is a remarkable chapter. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that bothered him, and he commanded to have the dream interpreted. He was surrounded by wise men and astrologers, so he knew that if anyone could help them, they would. However, all of them came up short, so Nebuchadnezzar sentenced all the wise men to death including our man Daniel. However, after asking Nebuchadnezzar for an extension with a promise that he would be able to interpret the dream, God came to Daniel and showed him the dream perfectly.
I spent my time on the summary because it is interesting how Daniel was in a perfect position to take credit for this. Nobody would really know, but he was very quick to point out right from the beginning that this was really God working through him.
Dan 2:27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
Dan 2:28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
Yesterday we saw that Daniel was a man of principle. He was not the type of guy who would compromise the commands of God just because he had to go along with popular culture. Today we find out that he was also brave enough to speak his faith in a potentially hostile environment. Nebuchadnezzar was obviously not Jewish, so this might not have been a popular place to share his faith. However, he was honest about it. He was straightforward and said that it was God who gave him the vision. Again, I think that we can learn a lot from Daniel.