Daniel supernaturally described Nebuchadnezzar‘s dream down to the toes of the image Nebuchadnezzar had seen, and then Daniel interprets all that the dream meant.
He tells Nebuchadnezzar that the dream and its meaning had been revealed to him by God. (Daniel 2:27-49)
Before we talk about the dream itself, let’s think about Nebuchadnezzar’s reaction.
Nebuchadnezzar is amazed. He falls prostrate before his slave Daniel and says, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.” (Dan 2:47)
Nebuchadnezzar recognized God as the god of Gods and the Lord of kings. He understood He had supernatural power, and the great king momentarily fell on his face.
He was a fan, or at least a temporary one, but he quickly goes back to his old ways.
And this should concern us all.
For many today occasionally give God praise. They will applaud him for the things He does they like, they will give Him a nod here or there, they will even pray to Him when they’ve exhausted other resources or get a little desperate; but, like Nebuchadnezzar, they quickly go back to “building golden images” that are easier to worship.
Those “gods” don’t say a thing. They don’t disagree with our thinking or our actions; in fact, they just sit there and let us remain on the throne of our lives and enjoy glory for ourselves.
Those images of god, that we’ve fashioned, tend to (shocker) always agree with us.
They never convict us of sin.
They never ask us to do things their way instead of ours.
They never call us to hard places or hard people.
In fact, those images of god we create end up helping us continue to worship ourselves.
But there is a way that seems right to a man and, in the end, it’s way is death.(Prov 14:12)
The truth is, there is One true God who will share His glory with no one. He says, “ I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.” (Isa 42:8)
He alone is worthy of our worship, and we are to put no other gods before Him. (Ex 20:3)
His ways are certainly not always our ways. He says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa 55:8-9)
He asks us to deny ourselves and take up our crosses and follow Him! (Matt 16:24)
And He explains what it means to follow Him in His Word.
Do you spend time reading it or are you too busy working on your own little kingdom where you rule and you reign?
Do you take time to acknowledge Him in all your ways so He can set your path straight? (Prov 3:5-6)
God clearly says, in His Word, that some things are right and others are not. He doesn’t ask for our opinion on those matters or change them because the culture has.
Nebuchadnezzar was right when we recognized that God , “is the God of gods and Lord of kings” (Dan 2:47) but even the demons believe this and shudder (James 2:19).
Friend, you can recognize God for who He is and what He does, and still not surrender to Him as Lord of your life!
The question is not do you believe there is a God, but have you surrendered all of you to all you know of Him?
Or, are you still in control and are you still trying to fashion Him into an image you like, you agree with, and you deem worthy to worship and follow? If so, you may be worshipping a god that does not exist and cannot save.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Oh, may those who have been saved by the blood of the Lamb, the One true God, praise His Holy Name! May we trust Him more than we trust ourselves, follow Him with all we’ve got, and may all glory be His alone!