Grace and peace be unto you.
Whenever a problem arises in our environment that seems unsurmountable, it is usually a sign that (1) God desires to do an extraordinary work through us and (2) he wants his presence to be felt. As a result, we ought to be receptive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Scripture says, “I will instruct you and show you the way you should go…” (Psalm 32:8).
The story is told that King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that he did not understand. Hence, he called his magicians, sorcerers, astrologers, and enchanters, and asked them to tell him the dream and its interpretation, or he would have all the wise men killed. Sadly, they could not respond favorably. Eventually, Daniel heard about the king’s decree. He went to him and asked for some time to interpret the dream.
Daniel asked his three friends, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego to pray with him and petition God for a response. During the night, God gave Daniel the information in a vision. Daniel then relayed the particulars to the king. Nebuchadnezzar was impressed and pleased. Consequently, he promoted Daniel and his friends, and spared the lives of the other wise men (Daniel 2).
Daniel encountered a problem and recognized that it was aligned with his gifts but the answer was out of his reach. Nonetheless, he was confident that God would give him the solution if he made his request known. Therefore, he asked the king for some time so he and his friends could seek the face of the Lord. In accordance with their faith, Daniel and his friends prayed and as expected, God delivered. Scripture says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).
God gave Nebuchadnezzar the dream knowing that he was the only one who had the interpretation. For reasons unknown to us, he chose to give the explanation to Daniel. Similarly, God allows problems to surface in your environment for which he alone has the answer. Interestingly, he is patiently waiting to give you the solution but you have not asked him for it. The Bible says, “Ask and it will be given to you…” (Matthew 7:7).