In contrast to the king, Daniel acted with wisdom and
tact when he learned of the King’s decree. Innocent of any
crime and confronted with death, there is no panic, no
despair, no frustration, but instead, the wisest words in
response to Arioch, the commander of the king's guard. Held in
high esteem by Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel was granted an audience
and he asked for time to do exactly what the king had
requested. His calmness rubbed off on Nebuchadnezzar.
Daniel admitted that he did not presently have the answer, but
it would be forthcoming. He had no information about the dream
and he had never experienced this kind of miraculous contact
with God—all Daniel had was faith and hope. In the midst of
crisis, one should recognize the following basic promises of
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and
your plans will succeed. The LORD works out everything for his
own ends— even the wicked for a day of disaster (Proverbs
And we know that in all things God works for
the good of those who love him, who have been called according
to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
God had perfectly
prepared the stage of history as well as Daniel for this
moment. Daniel knew that all things are possible with God.
Yahweh had tested Daniel, but he, in turn, had tested God. It
was apparent that God was with him; he already had experienced
what David urged: “Taste
and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).
Deep down Daniel must have realized that God had a plan
and a purpose for his life as He does for every believer.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and
this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works,
so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared
in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10).
would be revealed to him; he would reveal and interpret God’s
most significant revelations about the future.