Daniel Teaches Us about Honesty
King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream about a large tree that was full of life and then cut down for 7 years. The dream frightened him so he called all the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans and astrologers to interpret his dream. None of the wise men could tell him its meaning. Then Daniel came before him and listened to the dream. At first, Daniel was frightened because the dream was not a good sign for the king. Daniel knew that bad things could happen to him, even death, if he told the king the meaning of the dream. Daniel realized that it was important to tell the truth to the king, so he summoned his courage and told the truth about the dream. He told the king that the tree represented the king and that he would be struck down for 7 years if he didn’t repent of his evil ways. The king was angry but did no harm to Daniel.
One year later, King Nebuchadnezzar was walking along the top of his castle when he was struck down and forced to live like a beast for 7 years just as Daniel had said. At the end of the 7 years, the king became human again. His punishment helped him to understand God’s truths and he reformed his life and lived according to the will of God. His kingdom was restored to him and he became much greater than before.
What are your thoughts as you reflect?