Are You Facing an Impossible Task?

Here’s an ancient story with a lesson that applies to us today:

The king of Babylon stormed about his private quarters threatening his counselors with death if they couldn’t reveal to him the interpretation of a troubling dream. The catch? He wanted the interpretation without revealing the nature of his dream. He told his befuddled wise men they’d be dead by the end of the day if they didn’t complete this impossible task. Now there’s a situation.

Daniel, a young Jewish man, was forced into exile in Babylon, and chosen by the king’s right hand men, along with three of his friends,  to sit on the king’s advisory panel. Not such an honour when you consider the punishment for failing to accomplish a task was death.

Of course, the king’s advisors couldn’t tell him his dream. So, preparations began for the death of the entire staff of counselors, including Daniel, who wasn’t present at the initial meeting with the king. Daniel asked for an explanation and found out about the king’s impossible command.

What would you do in Daniel’s situation? Beg for the king’s mercy? Run and hide?

Daniel ran to his three friends, told them the situation. “Pray to the God of Heaven for mercy in solving this mystery,” he said.

He didn’t appeal to the king for mercy. Daniel appealed to the highest court, the court of Heaven. And so can we.

Don’t panic. Don’t despair. Others may appeal to the highest courts in the land but you can appeal to a higher court – the real Supreme Court – the Court of Heaven.

Mysteries to solve? Impossible tasks to accomplish? Trying to find your way through a maze of confusion?

Take your case to One who guides history and blesses ordinary people with intelligence and discernment in difficult matters.

God revealed the dream to Daniel. And its interpretation. Then Daniel laid out the mystery before the King. Mission accomplished. His life, and his friends’ lives, were saved because Daniel appealed to the Court of Heaven.

Afterwards, Daniel said, “God of my ancestors, all thanks! All praise! You made me wise and strong. And now you’ve shown us what we asked for – You’ve solved the king’s mystery.”

God is ready to listen to your appeal. Take your case to Him.

P.S. Read the whole book of Daniel. It’s full of excitement.

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About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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6 Responses to Are You Facing an Impossible Task?

  1. Diana says:

    Rose, how timely. I am the executor of Mom’s will (she passed July 24) and I never knew anything about how to do this. Learning as I go. Also, I just had a bout with some heart trouble myself and was in hospital, in ICU, with same nurses Mom had had a month before, and it has washed me up. So your message is what I need to hear. Thanks

    Diana

  2. Thank you Rose. You send what we need to hear at the right time.

  3. Joan says:

    Good idea — I’ll take that reading recommendation, Rose! I might never have thought of it. And thanks for this great post!

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