The request was impossible for any man! The king of Babylon was having recurring nightmares. They were waking him up and disrupting his rest. He neither liked it, nor wanted them to continue. So the king did what kings did in his day. He called his magicians and enchanters to fix the problem.
Thing was, Nebchaduneezer was no ordinary king. He was not going to put up with parlor tricks. So the king asked to have his nightmare interpreted, the only catch was that the magicians and enchanters not only had to interpret the dream, they had to tell the king what happened in the dream. They, in effect, had to truly read the king’s mind. That was no small task! Further, failure to do so had a penalty–the magicians and enchanters would be ripped limb from limb and their homes laid to ruin. This, of course, was no small ask or penalty. Interestingly enough, the king simply did not care.
In our lives, we are often faced with impossible circumstances. Curve balls are thrown at us that send us reeling. When we step back and objectively look at it, the situation still seems hopeless and unfair.
We are fortunate, however, to serve a God that thrives on the impossible and perserveres in the realm of the unfair. It is in those impossible moments and in company of impossible people, that God does His best work. Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David and many, many more heroes of the Bible lived in impossible times faced with unfair circumstances. Life was and simply is not fair…Fortunately, they were not focused on life, but on the Lord.
Like the Bible heroes, we need to accept the impossibility of circumstances and the unfair nature of life. Once we cross that bridge, we can then focus on the amazing nature and result of the one and true God! If we will, we will see the same awesome results that other people of God have enjoyed. We have to be patient, we have to be comitted, and we have to be grateful. But, in the end, God will do what needs to be done to prepare, protect and provide for our needs.
Goid Bless You
In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him. 2
Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. 3
And the king said to them, “I had a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.” 4
Then the Chaldeans said to the king in Aramaic,[a]
“O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.” 5
The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “The word from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins. 6
But if you show the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. Therefore show me the dream and its interpretation.” 7
They answered a second time and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show its interpretation.” 8
The king answered and said, “I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see that the word from me is firm— 9
if you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one sentence for you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the times change. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation.” 10
The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who can meet the king’s demand, for no great and powerful king has asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or Chaldean. 11
The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.”