There’s this great moment in Daniel chapter 2 where King Nebuchadnezzar has a dream and expects his advisers to tell him his dream and interpret it for him. When none of them can do it he is on the verge of wiping out all of his wise men when Daniel intervenes. Here is how verse 16 describes it:
“So Daniel went in and requested that the king give him time and he would tell the king the interpretation.” v.16
If you know how the story ends it is easy to gloss over an important detail in this story. But notice what the next two verses point out for us:
“Then Daniel went to his home and informed his companions…” v.17
“…and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery…” v.18
Daniel has his conversation with the king (from verse 16) without having what he is promising! He tells the king that he’ll be able to accomplish what nobody else could accomplish BEFORE he knows that God will help him to pull it off. That is some incredible faith! Only after this insight does verse 19 properly fit into perspective:
“Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night…” v.19
So often we wait for God to give us everything before we ever step out in faith. The problem is that rarely (if ever) does God layout the entire scenario before it happens. Conversely, we see plenty of times where people step out to do outlandish things in the Name of God and then find that God follows through.
This all sounds fine and good, but the reality is that we are afraid God won’t show up. We are afraid that we’ll be left standing alone like the kid that didn’t get picked for the kickball game. And so this fear cripples our faith. But I think the real problem is that we aren’t in tune with how the Spirit of God desires to move in and around us. Daniel saw the opportunity because he was connected with God and he could boldly step in with a fairly good idea that God would deliver on it.
The question for us is whether we are connected enough to God’s Spirit to see (and act) upon the opportunities around us?
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5