Today’s Reading - Daniel 4:19-37
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27 “Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.” - Daniel 4:27
Of all the responsibility Daniel was given during this time in Babylon the most difficult might have been interpreting the king’s dreams. Let us remember the dreams told of great difficulty for the king. From a humanistic standpoint, Daniel knew it would be very hard for King Nebuchadnezzar to receive the interpretation. He had to carefully navigate telling truth in the context of grace. Long before Jesus came full of grace and truth, Daniel found himself balancing the two. The truth in this case was simple yet hard. Renounce your sins His sin went deep into every fiber of his being. The king’s sin involved how he treated people and who he worshiped, and everything in between. In other words, Daniel told the king through the interpretation of his dream he would have to change everything about his life and it was about sin. None of us want to hear that. We might be ok with hearing the doctor say we need to consume less salt, but we bristle when we hear the Lord telling us to quit sinning. We might even be ok with being told to quit sinning if the sin seems simple enough, but we rebel when the sin is deep seeded. The dream was harsh as it led to seven years of insanity just as Daniel had interpreted but also ended with restoration and acknowledgment and praise of the King of the heavens (vs. 36-37). We know very little about King Nebuchadnezzar after this point, but we do know restoration of our rebellion is possible even when we have been confronted with the truth of our sins.
Heavenly Father, we graciously ask that you restore us unto righteousness as we pause to acknowledge and renounce our sins. Let us praise and exalt and glorify you, O Lord, for all you do is right and all your ways are just. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.