In Daniel Chap 4 we have a 2nd dream given to King Nebuchadnezzar: this one is about a giant tree. Neither Nebuchadnezzar nor his pagan advisors knew what the dream meant. Once Daniel was brought in for consultation, he understood that the King’s dream was a prophetic warning of God’s impending judgment against Nebuchadnezzar for his sins.
Daniel was a faithful servant of the Lord. In the midst of being a captive in a pagan land, he stayed true to the God of Israel. When called to Nebuchadnezzar to interpret the dream, Daniel did not let the Kings power or position deter him from speaking Gods truth. He warned him of impending judgment and called on him to repent of his sins and show mercy to the poor- hoping that the Lord would turn away from his judgment.
Think about how Daniel must have felt about being the sole person in the kingdom warning the King about the price of his sins. Regardless of his emotional state, he obeyed the Lord and spoke truth to power putting himself at risk of punishment that could have included execution.
Are we as Christians, Gods representatives of his Kingdom, willing to risk ourselves to speak Gods truth to power?
As a pastor, I must be willing to speak truth to my congregation even if it cost me my pulpit. Yet we as Gods ministers must also be prayerful not only in what we say but when and how we say it so that we don’t become the issue. It easy to blurt out things without much prayer or thought and end up offending the flesh of others. All that does is create barriers between folks.
I pray that the Lord gives us courage and strength to speak his truth to those around us regardless of the cost to us. That we always do so after much prayer and in the power of his unfailing love. We are not responsible for others response to Gods truth, but we are responsible to speak and word in due season as the Lord presents opportunities.
1. A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
2. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing,
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.
3. And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.
4. That word above all earthly pow’rs, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth;
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.
In his mighty name