Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel before the king and said to him: 'I have found among the exiles a man who can tell the king the interpretation of his dream. The king said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, 'Are you able to tell me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?' Daniel answered the king, 'No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or diviners can show to the king the mystery that the king is asking, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has disclosed to King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen at the end of days.....
Then the king said to Daniel, 'Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery!
(Church in Wales Lectionary, from the New Revised Standard Version)
As we saw in yesterday's Thoughts for the Day (Turning to God, immediately) Daniel had been taken from Judah when the kingdom was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, and he, with other young men, was to be trained in his court. But two years on his life and that of his friends is on the line, unless he can identify the king's dream and give an interpretation. His first thought is to turn to God for help in this impossible task.
However, his second thought is to tell the king about God. He makes sure that the king realises it is the God of gods who has given him the answer and not his own gift.
While we too turn to God for help at this time of the pandemic, how often do we remember to pass on to others the good news of where our faith and strength really comes from?
help us to turn to You
every time we need help,
and give us to the courage to
speak to others about our faith
and encourage them to turn to You.