Daily Devotion Monday July 17, 2017
“No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.”
(Daniel 2:28 ESV)
Life is a mystery and full of mysteries. In his advice to young people, Albert Einstein acknowledges the mysteries of life, he writes:
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day” (Albert Einstein).
Comprehending and Contemplating on the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality each day is rewarding, but it is more rewarding to prayerfully contemplate on these mysteries as we look to the one who is the source of these mysteries— God in Heaven. To live meaningfully, we must be connected to God who is in heaven who is the author and finisher of our lives. For nothing is nonentity to him, nothing is a mystery to God.
When king Nebuchadnezzar had a mysterious dream, which gave him a lot of unrest, to be certain that his dream is rightly interpreted by the wise men, the magicians, and astrologers of his kingdom, he tasked these men to tell him his dream and then interpret it. The astrologer had no idea of the dream of the king. They said;
“There is no one on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer. What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live life among humans” (Daniel 2:10-11).
The wise men, magicians and astrologers were theologically right to say that there is no one on the earth wise enough to reveal the kings dream—after all, it was a mystery. They were also right to have said that this dream can but only be revealed by a supernatural power which they have herein called the gods. They were even more honest to admit that it was too difficult for them to reveal the kings dream—it was a mystery. And, yes, they were even right in saying that their gods do not live among humans, after all they were idols, not gods – in most cases they were man-created gods.
What the enchanters, the wise men and astrologers have admitted and revealed here largely is true. Having failed to reveal and interpret the dream, the king’s wrath was on them. They were condemned for execution. But there is a God in heaven, who showed this mysterious dream to Nebuchadnezzar, and only him can reveal and make interpretation of this dream. Daniel knew this very well, he asked his other three Jewish friends to seek the God who is in heaven to reveal this dream such that the astrologers, enchanters and magicians of Babylon were not put to the sword. Indeed, God showed this dream to Daniel, and he appeared before the king to reveal the dream. Like the Astrologers, enchanters and magicians, Daniel to the king;
“No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days” (Daniel 2:28 ESV).
From the response of the astrologers, the wise men and magicians of Babylon; and, that of Daniel, we note that;
Understanding mysteries belong to the divine—God in heaven
There is something more to life that science knows not, that science will never fully comprehend. Only God in heaven can help us understand such mysteries of life. The astrologers and wise men of Nebuchadnezzar made a reference to the gods. Even though they didn’t know the God in heaven, they were at least aware that as human beings, they were limited. Daniel, and his other three friends who were found to be “ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters” (Daniel 1:20) even couldn’t understand this mystery until God in heaven revealed it to Daniel. The God in heaven is the source of life, he is the source of all that appears mysterious to human beings – for there is nothing mysterious to him. He can help us to reveal and understand the mysteries of life. We only need to,
Relate with the God in heaven
The enchanters and wise men of Babylon knew not God, they only knew their gods who don’t relate with humans—for they confessed that their gods “do not live among humans.” But there is a God in heaven whose dwelling is not only among us as he is Immanuel, but his dwelling is in us. He dwells in temples that he himself has made, and we are his temples if we chose to relate with him through his son Jesus Christ. Writing to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul wrote;
“With all wisdom and understanding, he has made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ to put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment—to bring unity of all things in heaven and on earth under Christ” (Eph. 1:8-10).
As we contemplate on eternity, life and its mysteries, we must remember there is but a God who is in heaven. When we find ourselves being caught up by the realities of life which is more mysterious, we should remember that there is but a God who is in heaven. When life is seeming to be meaningless, complicated and so much teasing, we should be able to remember there is but a God who is in heaven. But above all, we shouldn’t wait for the realities of life to catch with us, we should always know that there is but a God who is in heaven and entrust our entire life into his hands, for he is the author of our lives, the source of all mysteries. It is not enough for one to merely comprehend a little of this mystery each day without any reference to God, who alone is but the God who is in heaven. Amen! Rev. J
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