Wednesday, October 24, 2012
HOW TO KNOW THE REAL SOURCE OF POWER?
By: D. Cerullo
“Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision…‘Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding.’” – Daniel 2:19-21 NASB
To the people of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar was the supreme ruler. In fact, he had the power of life and death. But when he had a troubling dream, this king realized that he had limits. His eyes were opened to a dimension beyond his control or understanding.
Confronted with the challenge of telling this dream and providing the correct interpretation, even the wisest men in the kingdom were powerless. Yet Daniel was given the answer, because he sought God.
Through this revelation, Daniel realized that wisdom and power belong to God alone. Governments may change. New rulers may come to power. But God always remains sovereign, and He is the source of real wisdom: “It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things” (v. 22).
Daniel recognized that some things are beyond our understanding. He had faith in God and knew that He could reveal anything to His servants. When Daniel was brought into the king’s presence, he declared that it was “God in heaven who reveals mysteries,” who was making known “what will take place in the latter days” (v. 28).
Today, who in this world has the real power? Presidents? Governments? Generals? These people may seem to have power. But, over time, we see a consistent pattern: Rulers come and go. Nations rise and fall. Movements start and end.
As Daniel discovered, real power belongs to God. Behind the scenes, in ways we may not see, He changes the times and epochs. He establishes and removes kings. And He gives wisdom to those who seek Him.
In your life, place your hope in God. Like Daniel, seek Him for the answers you need.