The astrologers answered the king, “There is no one on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer. What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among humans.” Daniel 2:10-11 (NIV).
The “wise men” of Babylon were cornered, so they folded. They didn’t have a constructive answer, yet they responded anyway. Read what they said again and you’ll see that they both confessed they couldn’t answer AND blamed the king for even asking them to. “We don’t know but how dare you ask it of us anyway!” Flash forward a few centuries and you’ll find the Pharisees did the same thing of Jesus.
Flash forward to now. Anyone heard a full timeline of how Covid came to be, one that can be agreed on by all sides? Like the rest of us, “experts” have opinions, but don’t know. The US national debt is in the tens of trillions of dollars, maybe even more: anyone ever heard of a way to pay it off or plausibly grow past it? Once again, like the rest of us, the “experts” have opinions, but don’t really know. How about you? You’re the expert of your life; what happens when you feel lost?
Once again, the “experts” know what to do…until they don’t. Just like the rest of us.
Except that the experts in Babylon hadn’t spoken with Daniel yet; that’s coming in a few verses. You and I, more than twenty-six centuries after Daniel, have the complete Bible to give us guidance. The dirty secret of today’s verses is that the “experts” of Nebuchadnezzar’s court had the same Pentateuch and ancient history that we have. They had access to all the ancient knowledge of the Judaites, as well as that of the Egyptians, Assyrians, Phoenicians, and a dozen other societies of antiquity. And yet they still chose to ignore God and blame anyone but themselves. If they were alive today, perhaps they’d be employed by a TV news network. Or maybe the CDC.
Fact is, when ANY matter perplexes us, the first, best place we can go is to God. Bring our troubles to Him; seek the face of Jesus and open our hearts to His word. Pray, confess, talk, cry, grieve, whisper; whatever it takes. Take it to God, then turn the corner from it. Repent and move forward. You don’t need to be an expert to understand that. You simply need to believe in God and what He says.
Even the experts, magicians, or CDC could do that.
For further reading: Genesis 41:38, Daniel 2:12
Lord God, forgive me when I fail to open my heart to You. Teach me Your better ways today.
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