“The king answered Daniel, and said, ‘Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.” – Daniel 2:47
King Nebuchadnezzar fell down to the ground after Daniel shared with him the dream and its interpretation. This shows that God gave the accurate response to Daniel and Daniel communicated it without imputing his own “twist” on the story. Daniel asked and prayed, God gave him the answer and words to say, and Daniel communicated the information. Nothing more and nothing less. As a result of Daniels obedience, this pagan king dropped to his knees with his face to the ground and acknowledged the one true God.
The king acknowledged Daniel’s God at this point above all other god’s. But, he had yet to accept Him as his own personal God at this point. We see that in these verses where Nebuchadnezzar continues to say “your God.” At least it was a start and we thank God for that.
Daniel was obedient in acknowledgement of his true God, in prayer and in communicating truth. As a result, the king gave him an incredible position in the land. Daniel was not striving for this, it was part of God’s plan. Many times we look at Daniel as the object of these stories as he is often in the foreground. What about the other three that were with him in prayer? It seems sometimes they fade into the background of this story. They were very much a part of it yet they do not always receive the recognition when we discuss the book of Daniel.
It may be like that for us sometimes as we serve God. We may always feel we are in the background yet this is a wonderful place to be when in God’s perfect will. The person who is humble and contrite in spirit is the one God pays special attention to (Isaiah 66:2). If we are always looking for the gratitude and acknowledgement here on earth, then we have already received our rewards and there may be nothing stored for us in heaven. May Jesus be our only pursuit!
“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, they they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. but when you do a charitable deed, do not let your let hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” – Jesus the Christ