And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
-Daniel 2:2

This story in the 2nd Chapter of the book of Daniel is an amazing example of God using whomever he wills to accomplish his purposes- even evil leaders.

Daniel was a captive of Babylon ruled by a despotic King, Nebuchadnezzar. The king had a dream he could not remember and was deeply disturbed. He not only wanted to know what he had dreamed but also what the dream meant. He demanded that his occult based counselors reveal both, failing to do so would result in their painful death and the destruction of their homes impacting their families. They could not answer either and he ordered them all executed, including Daniel and his 3 Hebrew companions!

As the execution order was being carried out, Daniel, Gods man, asked for time to seek the Lord for revelation as to what the dream was and what it meant. He and his Hebrew companions prayed and God gave him that understanding in a vision in the night.

He was hurriedly taken before the King and in humility, Daniel revealed both the dream and its meaning for Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and promoted Daniel and his three companions to a place of prominence in his Kingdom.

This was truly amazing but in my mind, the even more amazing part is that God gave to wicked Nebuchadnezzar a prophetic vision of future history!

He used a wicked king to reveal to Gods people what was to come. God also used this event to get Daniel and his Hebrew companions into places of authority and influence in this earthly kingdom and then preserved them when others sought to kill them as they carried out their duties in a Godly manner.

Remember God is in control. Regardless of the circumstances that surround us, regardless of who is against us, God is for us even when wicked, evil people are in leadership.

What shall we then say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
-Romans 8:31

Wes Mason

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