Occurs to me this morning that most often when I dive into Daniel I do so with a fresh anticipation of the role model he portrays. Here’s a guy who had it all, “without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the kings palace” (Dan. 1:3-4), and yet he refused any path to success that compromised his devotion to God (1:8). But this morning, while still being jazzed by Daniel’s devotion to God, my focus has instead been captured by the God of Daniel’s devotion. The God who is a “revealer of mysteries.”
Crazy Nebuchadnezzar has a dream. That’s not what makes him crazy, it’s what he insists on when he wakes up. “Bring me my wise men! Have them tell me the meaning of the dream. And have them do it without me telling them what the dream was!” You gotta be kidding? “There is not a man on earth who can meet the king’s demand . . . The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh” (2:10-11).
Enter THE God whose dwelling is not with flesh (at least not yet . . . but that’s another set of thoughts). The God who reveals mysteries. The God of eternity who makes known what is hidden to creatures of time and space.
Wanna know a secret? My God is revealer of secrets.
Daniel told the king his dream and what it meant, but he also made it clear that he was but a spokesmen for the God of heaven, “He who reveals secrets” (2:29 NKJV).
And as I sit in awe in the presence of this God this morning, I can’t help but think it’s enough just to know that He is the revealer of secrets. Even if I never know the why’s of some of the mysteries surrounding me. Even if I never figure out the causes behind the effects in my life. That I know the One who knows, is enough.
I don’t need to lean to my own understanding. Instead, I can lean upon the One who has perfect understanding. I don’t have to worry if my wisdom is sufficient to navigate the complexities of my world, because I’m welcomed to abide in Him who is perfect wisdom from above. I don’t have to have all the answers as long as I know Him in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2Cor. 1:20). I don’t need to be anxious about tomorrow while I’m in the shadow of the wing of the I AM who is “the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Rev. 22:13).
The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries . . . ” (Daniel 2:47a ESV)
I love being in on secrets. And there have been mysteries revealed to me beyond what man can fully comprehend. A God who became man. A Son who became a Lamb. A death that resulted in life. A curtain torn. A bride being made ready. Grace overflowing. Love abounding. All praise to the Revealer of mysteries!
But there are some mysteries I may never know . . . things I might never understand. But to know the One who does know . . . to commune with Him who always understands . . . that’s enough.
Finished my readings this morning with this from John . . .
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. (1John 5:20 ESV)
That’s all the understanding I need . . . the only secret I need revealed.
Because of grace . . . for His glory.
Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand ~ Ira Stanphill, 1950