We enter now into Daniel 2. King Nebuchadnezzar could not sleep because his mind was troubled from dreams. He wanted to know what the dreams meant so he asked his wise men to interpret the dreams. They were hesitant and explained that it was too difficult so the king regarded them as worthless; ordering the execution of all the wise men of Babylon (v. 12).
When Daniel heard this, he went to the king and asked for time to visit with him so he could interpret the dream for him. Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the situation to his friends. He prayerfully took the initiative to ask God to reveal the meaning of the king’s dream. That night, the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision.
He asked the person in charge of executing the wise men for the chance to interpret the dream in front of the king. At once, Daniel was taken to the king and he interpreted the dream.
Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar that the image of the dream represented four world empires. We know today in studying history that there have been four great empires of the world. They are the Babylonian, the Media-Persian, the Grecian, and the Roman. We are now in a time period between Christ’s first and second coming. The rock in verse 35 is the second coming of Christ to set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed.
The king was impressed and appreciative. So much so that he placed Daniel in a high position as ruler in charge of all the wise men throughout the entire province of Babylon. His friends were also promoted.
There are many lessons in how we should apply our faith in this chapter. First, we should trust but verify when getting advice. Second, we should prayerfully take the initiative to go to God for direction and verification. Third, we should humbly give credit to God when He gives direction. Fourth, we can be sure that what God promises will happen because He determines the future. Fifth, when we follow God’s will, we are at that instant promoted to our highest position in life.