Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Ask for the impossible
Today I was reading Daniel 1 and 2 some of my favorite readings. Most of the time I read this with Daniel in mind, the integrity, his intensity, I love this story. However, this morning I saw something different, King Nebuchadnezzar stood out for the first time.
Daniel 1:13 "So the degree was issued to put the wise men to death, and men were sent to look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death."
At first I only saw King Nebuchadnezzar as a crazy king who did some crazy things. This time I gained a different view of him and this story. Check out these points:
* his dreams troubled him greatly
* drastic times called for drastic measures
* since the people could not do their jobs he considered them useless
* he was going to get answers no matter what
* he was passionate about his dreams
* he was losing sleep over these dreams
* he only wanted the "real thing" no fakes
* not only did he want an interpretation he wanted his dream told to him
* he asked for the impossible
* he was furious when he was told it could not be done
After further reflection of King Neb (for short), I gained a new respect for him and his passion about his dreams. You see his dreams caused him to lose sleep, he was driven to find out what those dreams meant and he stopped at NOTHING to get what he needed. He wasn't so crazy, just driven to take drastic measures. After all what he was doing wasn't working.
Had he not put out the decree for death, things would have stayed the same. Once he did that, the good folks started jumping to make things happen! Prior to that they told him it was impossible to get what he wanted and for that heads were going to roll...
So how did the story end? After Daniel heard King Neb was going to get rid of them all, he prayed to God for the impossible, he prayed for the dream and the interpretation. God gave it to him, he gave it to the king.
When was the last time you had a dream and it seemed impossible? Do you still have dreams that keep you awake? Are people telling you that what you want is impossible? Are you still passionate about your dreams?
Well take advice from King Neb, don't take "no" for an answer! Don't listen to those telling you it can't be done, that's useless. Somebody out there has what you need, just keep looking and you'll find them. Whatever you do, don't lose your passion.
God looks for ways to show himself strong on your behalf. When we ask for the impossible, we open the door for God to be glorified. When we ask God for the impossible we give others a chance to shine.
NEVER give up! Ask for the impossible.