December 5th Advent Daily Devotional

Doing the Impossible

Anne Knighten

Daniel 2:1-16

Do you ever feel that you are being asked to do the impossible?

There are times when even experts shake their heads and say that what is being asked is beyond human capacity. Such was the case with the experts called upon by Nebuchadnezzar to not only interpret his troubling dream but to recount it. The experts asserted that they could interpret the dream if only the great king of Babylon would tell it to them, but the dream itself could be revealed only by the gods whose dwelling is not in flesh. Apparently either the Babylonian gods do not know the dream or are not talking to their prophets. Along comes Daniel, a Jewish youth who has been brought to the palace to be educated in Babylonian culture and literature, asking for an audience with the king so that he can do what the others cannot.

Daniel has no doubts about the power of his God. He stands firm in his faith that he can demonstrate the superiority of the one true God, a God that he knows will protect him in all the trials he must face.

Lord our God, ruler of the universe, you know what is beyond our human understanding. Nothing is impossible for you. Reveal to us what you would have us say and do in order to show the world your presence and authority. Help us to stand firm in our faith. Amen.


Anne Knighten is in her second year as a student in the M.Div.-Distributive Learning program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. She lives with her husband in Redlands, CA.


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