The King put out an impossible charge. He didn’t want someone to simply interpret his dream. Anyone with an imagination could do that. All one would need is a quick wit and a clever tongue. No, King Nebuchadnezzar wanted someone to tell him what he had dreamed.
I wonder if King Nebuchadnezzar had his fill of diviners, magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, astrologers and false prophets exploiting the spiritual realm so that they may acquire status, wealth, and ingurgitate the King’s food? Perhaps the king was suspect to their false claims and sought to use this troublesome dream as an opportunity to make them work for their pleasures or weed out the frauds in the process.
“Tell us your dream and we will interpret it!” they proclaimed.
In the past the king may have done so, but not this time.
“If you do not tell me what my dream was AND interpret it, I will have you cut into pieces and your houses turned into piles of rubble.”
There goes the job security! From the outside looking in this is an impossible request. How can a person read someone’s thoughts, let alone their dreams? Without realizing it these false spiritualists set the stage for God to do just that.
“Only the gods can reveal it to the king, and they do not live among humans.”
They somehow found a way to be both wrong and right in a single sentence. Only God can reveal it and He does live among humans. They had never experienced a relational God, but Daniel had.
The edict went out and Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego began to pray. This is where it gets good. Their prayers were answered and Daniel, full of boldness, informs the king, “There is a God in Heaven who reveals mysteries.” – Daniel 2:28
“As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen.” – Daniel 2:29
I love this descriptor. God: The Revealer of Mysteries.
As I pondered this verse I had to come to terms with one unavoidable fact. God has secrets. That’s not the bad news from our perspective, it’s the good news from His perspective. If God is the revealer of mysteries it can be deduced that there are mysteries to be revealed. Yes, He has mysteries, but he longs that we would seek them out, and He longs to be the revealer of mysteries.
This means that when we come to thing we do not know, a circumstance that has left us baffled, we do not need to look anywhere else but the Lord to reveal not only the mystery but our purpose in the revelation of the mystery. Daniel stated, “He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness and light dwells with him.” (Dan. 2:22)
The darkness does not surprise Him. He is not left floundering for answers to difficult questions. He sees the dangers and when He steps into the room His light reveals them all, as well as the way out. Our problem is that we rarely invite Him into the room. If we do invite Him and He delays in His arrival, we move on and begin searching for the solution ourselves.
But, there are literally dozens of verses that encourage the believer to seek Him.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. – Proverbs 8:17.
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek his presence continually! – 1 Chronicles 16:11
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks Him. – Lamentations 3:25
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13
The Apostle Paul also notes that, “The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God… no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:10-12)
God longs that we would know Him as Daniel knew Him, as the Revealer of Mysteries. He doesn’t want us to be frustrated any more than I would want my wife to be frustrated with me. I didn’t have a problem pursuing my wife when we were dating, but over time if we do not continue to stoke the fire the pursuit fades our attention shifts to a selfishness we thought we had left behind.
So perhaps the reason you have not received clarity as to the circumstance you’re in or the decision you need to make is because you have not fully rid yourself of your own selfish desires and pursued with all of your heart the Revealer of Mysteries. Here are some tips to help in your pursuit, and as elementary as they may appear, if done effectively the answer you seek is just around the corner. As elementary as these may sound, just remember that He wants to reveal Himself to you.
Read, Study and Meditate on His Word. Not just one or the other, but all.
Seek Godly Counsel and check it with His Word
Set aside additional prayer time
In order to see the other side you’re going to have to create a disturbance in your physical so God can reveal Himself in the supernatural. May the Revealer of Mysteries make Himself known to you an a transformational way as you seek Him.