“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.”
How remarkable it is that for those of us who are in Christ, our God dwells with us. For some, the concept of a god is hardly more than abstract. Their god is a distant one. But the living God has made himself known to us. He came to earth and dwelt with flesh. He died willingly. And then He arose. And while He ascended into heaven where He now sits on the throne, His Spirit has been poured into our hearts.
In this passage, the king of Babylon has asked his sorcerers, magicians, and wise men to tell him a dream he had and interpret it. Daniel alone is able to answer the king. Not because he had greater wisdom or knowledge in himself to do so, but because he and his companions had sought the Lord, and their God had revealed it to him. “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries” (Daniel 2:27-28).
There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. And it is our God. The only One who reigns. The One who searches the hearts of men and knows our every thought. The One who is able to turn a king’s heart as a stream of water in His hand (Proverbs 21:1). It is His Spirit that dwells within our hearts, revealing to us the depths of the Lord our God and guiding us into all truth (John 16:13).
“But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God…as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’—these things God has revealed to us through his Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:7-11).
Our God reveals to us mysteries. The mystery of who He is. The mystery of the gospel of Christ. The wonders of His truth and His infinite glory. The hope that is ours in Jesus our Savior. The immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe. The breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge. I pray that with each glimpse of Him, our hearts will be overwhelmed with praise, awed at this God who exalts Himself in showing us mercy. This God who is mighty to save and faithful to seal us with His Spirit, to the praise of His glorious grace.
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
to whom belong wisdom and might.
He changes times and seasons;
he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;
he reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with him.”