Summary: Unbelief in God will impact even those who believe, but the good news is belief will also have an impact on unbelievers!
This afternoon, the Green Bay Packers will be going against the Chicago Bears for the National Football Conference Title. Here’s a question: What do you think will happen if 50% of the Green Bay Packers do not believe they can win??
You know, even if just 1 major player like Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, or Tremon Williams, or even Coach McCarthy doesn’t believe in winning, they will likely lose the game.
Unbelief can have a major impact on everyone!
As Christians, how do we deal with it? No, I don’t mean the Packers, but something a little more significant, something that has eternal significance not temporal ones, our spiritual lives!
Please open your Bibles to Daniel Chapter 2………
Last week we started this new Message Series of the Book of Daniel. We noted that Israel, God’s Chosen People, were being disciplined by God because of their sinfulness. Israel was taken captive by the Babylonians. Daniel an Israelite, a man of God, was taken as a slave by the King Nebuchadnezzar.
Let us pray……
Read along with me starting with Daniel 1:18 – 2:28………
Let us summarize the story:
King Nebuchadnezzar had a troubling dream. (v1)
The King asked his counselors not only to interpret the dream but to actually state what his dream was! (v2-6)
And because no one could do what the King requested, he ordered every counselor, including Daniel and his friends, to be executed! (v12-13)
Yes, King Nebuchadnezzar requested an impossible task; but what was the problem of the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and astrologers?
Look again at v11…….
The King’s Babylonian Counselors did not believe in God being present among people!
What about Daniel and his friends; did they believe in God present in their lives? Look again at v17-18…….
Daniel and his friends were believers of God but their lives were impacted by unbelief! The Babylonian counselors were to be executed because of their unbelief in God being able to do the impossible, but the Believers of God were also to be killed!
Unbelief in God will impact even those who believe! There will be times when innocent people will be caught up in the sins of other people! This is what happened to Daniel, and the same thing can easily happen to us! And so, let us learn how Daniel handles it!
We can note 4 things that Daniel did from v14-16:
1. Daniel spoke with wisdom and tact to the first person in charge.
And how do you think Daniel was able to have wisdom and tact??
2. Daniel was a man of prayer!
And we note that the 3rd thing Daniel did was ask “why?”
Here’s one of the things I’ve learned in my life that Daniel did as well: Don’t expect an answer unless you ask!
But I think there is one more important thing that Daniel did; since Daniel had a door available to him to ask; he confidently went straight to the King!
3. Daniel did not only know what to ask but he knew when and who to ask!
You’ve heard the saying “Timing is everything!” but we should also note that “Talking to the right person is crucial!”
And we can note that the King did not say no to Daniel but there was still the problem of knowing what the dream was! And so, what was the next thing that Daniel did??