Devotion 3 in the series Oh Give Thanks: Daniel 2:17-23 (God Reveals Nebuchadnezzar's Dream)

When God Reveals Deep and Hidden Things

When God reveals something to you, it is such a personal experience that when you try to explain it to someone else, the story falls flat. Not so with Daniel.

When God Reveals Deep and Hidden Things_man kneeling on seashore, praying

I’ve been so excited to get to this devotion, I don’t know where to start! When God reveals something to you, just to you, it is such a personal and meaningful experience that when you try to explain it to someone else, the story falls flat.

Not so with Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar had planned to kill all of the wise men in Babylon. Why? Because they couldn’t tell the king what his dream had been and what it meant. Did you catch that? Not only did he want an interpretation of his dream, but he wanted the astrologers and magicians to tell him what his dream had been.

Um, yeah, they couldn’t do it.

The king was on to them, and he was furious. He had figured out that the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and Chaldeans (diviners) just told him what he wanted to hear. This time, he wanted the truth.

Because they could not tell him his dream he planned to tear all the “wise men” limb from limb and to destroy their homes (2:5).

Unfortunately, Daniel and his friends, through no fault of their own, were lumped into this large group of “wise men.” When Daniel learned the reason for the king’s decree, he asked the king for time, that he might be able to interpret the dream for him. He asked his friends to plead for God’s mercy so that they would not be executed with the rest of the wise men.

“During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision” (2:19 NIV).

Can you imagine? God showed Daniel what the king’s dream was!

We read these accounts in the Bible as if the people knew God would come through for them.

Might I shift our perspective? People in the Bible knew that God could come through for them. But they went into the fiery furnace and the den of lions not knowing whether they would come out alive. (For proof of that, see Daniel 3:16-18.)

Before Daniel went to sleep that night, he had pleaded with the Lord to show him the king’s dream. But he did not know for certain that God would reveal it to him or even how that would happen if it were to happen.

Imagine his awestruck humility when God really did show him the dream. I picture him dropping to his knees, hands on the floor, tears of thanksgiving streaming down his cheeks.

Or maybe he stood tall and raised his hands high, pacing the floor as he praised God with unbridled joy!

The dread of execution had been lifted. Even more meaningful than that, the God of the universe had heard Daniel’s prayer and had answered it with exactly what Daniel needed.

Daniel immediately praised the God of heaven for what had been revealed to him.

Has God revealed a deep understanding to you–maybe about a person, a situation, or even knowledge you needed to accomplish a task? Did you feel like dropping to your knees in thanksgiving?

How phenomenal that we can go to the God of heaven and seek wisdom and understanding from Him. Let’s join Daniel in taking on courage to ask God for what we need.

What knowledge or understanding do you hope for God to reveal to you?


Read Daniel’s prayer of thanksgiving below, and enjoy your quiet moments with the Lord as you work through the Digging Deeper questions.

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Daniel 2:17-23 (ESV)

God Reveals Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

17 Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18 and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. 20 Daniel answered and said:

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
to whom belong wisdom and might.
21 He changes times and seasons;
he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;
22 he reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with him.
23 To you, O God of my fathers,
I give thanks and praise,
for you have given me wisdom and might,
and have now made known to me what we asked of you,
for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”


Digging Deeper: God Reveals Truth to Us

Enjoy this precious time with the Lord. Reflect on or journal about the following questions, listening for what God has to say to you.

In our previous devotions in this series, we gave thanks for people who have touched our lives in a special way, and we gave thanks for what God has done for us.

Today, we are focusing on thanking God for what He has shown us or revealed to us.

  1. What understanding or knowledge has God revealed to you? This might have been a nugget of wisdom about a person, a relationship, or a task you needed to accomplish. Or it might have been a spiritual truth–something for which you had sought understanding. Maybe God revealed a truth to you about a life decision. Spend time reveling in God’s goodness and thanking Him for revealing His truth to you.
  2. What understanding or knowledge do you want God to reveal to you? Have courage to ask. “Wisdom and power are God’s” and He can make known to us what we ask (verse 23).
  3. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. “He reveals deep and hidden things” (verse 22). Let’s get our worship on. You can sing with one of these songs or one of your choosing:

Jesus (by Chris Tomlin)

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow (the doxology)

Give Thanks (with a grateful heart)


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  1. Camber says:

    Great devotional and reminder! Although I did not ask, I had a dream a month or so ago about a mutual friend of someone I barely know. When I woke up, God spoke into my dream telling me what it meant and that this woman I dreamt of has struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts throughout her life. I knew she was Buddhist but felt like the Lord was asking me to speak into her life by telling her about the dream God gave me. I was very nervous to tell her about it but stepped out in faith. Turns out she had struggled deeply with depression and suicidal thoughts. I shared Gods love with her through Jesus. And still don’t know what God is doing in her life now through that but my faith was strengthened so much by stepping out and seeing that God most certainly speaks to us in miraculous ways! After reading your devo, I don’t want to just wait for that revelation, but ask expectantly for it. Thanks!!

    • Digging Deeper with God says:

      Oh my goodness. Your testimony sends chills (the good kind!) down my spine. What a willing, listening woman of God you are. Isn’t it the most amazing thing when God works so personally through us in this way?

  2. Phelis says:

    Great devotional

  3. Sharan says:

    I had a dream I can’t understand

    I dreamt I was in a place where people were moving about. Sort of like a marketplace. A guy asked me if he could take my picture. He was a photographer with his assistant. His name was Kai. He staged me with a guy and posed us together. He took another shot with another guy I remember looking up at that guy posing myself. I thought to myself I hate this pose. Kai looked at the shots and made the selection. He loved the picture. I thought it was nice myself. My eyes were so piercing. He was younger than me with dark skin. He was slender, and African. He had a strong accent. I felt a connection to him. He showed me a picture of a woman that looked just like me. I thought Oh wow!!! I very seldom see a person that looks like me and recognize it. He didn’t say who she was or if it was just some passer by he had taken a picture of.

    I hadn’t had attention from a man in that way in a very long time. I felt it was intimate from a stranger, in a non physical way. His assistant (young aa woman) told me Kia passion was helping addicts, and others to the other side, something like that and I immediately woke up.

  4. Dave says:

    Yes. God does speak to his people. Always has, always will. In the book Experiencing God, in one place the author describes doing a lesson to pastors about hearing God’s voice. Afterwards one of them said to him, “I vowed to God I would never, ever again listen to a man like you. You talk as though God is personal and real and talks to you. I just despise that.” He responded by asking if the man was having trouble hearing God speak to him. They prayed together.
    He finished by writing this in that passage, “Oh, don’t let anyone intimidate you about hearing from God.”
    And people will do that. Pastors will do that. Theologians will. It’s true that you do have to be careful about saying “this was God” “that was God’s doing” without careful thought, and pulling your own thoughts out of your head and convincing yourself it was God. But God does speak to his people. Through dreams, visions, feelings, circumstances, other people, and especially by the scriptures. And, by any other means he might want to. But some conservative churches can be bad with implying or actually outright stating that God doesn’t still speak, or that we are delusional to think that he does.
    Don’t let anyone tell you God doesn’t speak to his people.

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