We have all met at least one impossible person – the one who makes impossible demands of the people around him or her. If you haven’t ever met one, it is entirely possible that you might just be that one, so just keep that in mind. For some of us it is the manager everyone dreads meeting with, for others it might be a parent or a spouse or even a child. As I consider this I feel blessed that my experience with impossible people has for the most part been minimal. I’m not certain whether this is on account of my skills at avoiding difficult people, or whether I am just so dense that I don’t notice when people are being difficult.

In the second chapter of the book of Daniel in the Bible, Daniel records how he, along with all the other wise men in Babylon face an impossible demand from King Nebuchadnezzar. The king demands that the wise men not only tell him the interpretation of a dream that he had, but that they must also describe the dream to him! What makes the request even more impossible is that Daniel only finds out about this request as the captain of the king’s guard arrives at Daniel’s home to carry out the king’s sentence of death upon all his counselors for not meeting his demand.

If there was ever a time to employ an abundance of prudence and discretion, this was it! The text indicates that Daniel was just such a man.

 Then Daniel replied with prudence and discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon. (Daniel 2:14)

Daniel’s first question is “why is the king’s request so urgent?” after which he sends a message back to the king to make an appointment to deliver the requested dream and interpretation trusting that God will somehow intervene.

He then does two very important things that I believe lead to his success. First he looks up his trusted friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to ask them to seek God concerning this mystery. Then he himself goes before God in prayer pleading for the lives of his companions and the rest of the wise men. The result is that God reveals the dream and its meaning to Daniel in a vision that very night. The final outcome is that Nebuchadnezzar discovers the reality of the true God of the universe and humbles himself before Daniel and his God. At the end of the day, the wise men of Babylon are spared, God is glorified and Daniel is promoted.

One lesson we might take away from this is that when we find ourselves facing seemingly impossible situations, we can know with certainty that God has a purpose in mind.  These are not only opportunities for us to grow in our trust in God, but they are also occasions which allow us to glorify God through our obedience in the face of seemingly impossible conditions. The bottom line is – nothing is impossible with God – if we choose to trust him He can even help us with the most impossible people!

 

Published by Dented Knight