The prophetic impact of Daniel 2 is just as significant today as it was originally because we are still looking for the final kingdom to be revealed—the messianic kingdom. With Babylon (head of gold), Medo-Persia (chest/arms of silver), Greece (legs of bronze), and Rome (feet of iron and clay) in our rearview mirror, we long for the coming of a new heaven and new earth where our Savior King will reign forever and ever. Until then, Daniel models how we should live in a fallen world. With his life in jeopardy due to the king’s decree, Daniel sought the Lord faithfully in order to report and interpret the dream of Nebuchadnezzar. Ultimately, his ability to do so was the direct result of God’s mercy and goodness toward him and his friends (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah). Realizing this, Daniel refused to boast or promote himself while speaking God’s words. In fact, he celebrated God’s power and glory so much that the king also declared that Daniel’s God was God of gods and Lord of kings (2:46). The faith of a faithful prophet revealed the glory of the Lord over all.
How can you better reveal God’s glory with the gifts He has given to you?