Day 36: Seeking First His Kingdom (61 days of worry-free devotions)

Have you ever woken up from a dream and known beyond a doubt that it had a spiritual meaning?

I’ve had a few. Other mornings I’m usually groggy for quite a while when I wake up, and I remember some wacky dreams that could be analyzed but seem random. But these few times I’ve awoken in a state of euphoria and total understanding of what my dream meant.

In one dream, there was a war in America, and a woman with glasses and short red hair told me that I wouldn’t be hurt in it, and then she led a group of us up a mountain where we sat in safety by a pristine lake.

In another, I and several other people were in a stable in a treehouse! Each of us had a horse, and we were preparing them to carry us into battle. Through the stable/treehouse door, we could see other battle horses flying (literally flying) by. But before we left, a horse and rider flew in and landed in our doorway. the rider and horse were colored in horizontal stripes as if they were one being—a red stripe, a white stripe, and a green stripe. The rider told us to keep our horses calm. We weren’t going to have to fight. He was going to take care of it.

These dreams both occurred before I turned 18—before I’d read the entire Bible—but I knew as soon as I woke up that the dreams were from God and that they were messages to me. I knew they meant something, much like King Nebuchadnezzar knew that his dream meant something. Unlike my elated feeling, though, he woke feeling troubled.

Nebuchadnezzar not only wanted his wise men to interpret his dream, he wanted them to first tell him what he had dreamed. He wasn’t going to tell them! And if they couldn’t do it, he was going to have all the wise men killed. So the captain of the king’s bodyguard, Arioch, came to kill Daniel.

But Daniel asked the king for time and then went to his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (you might know them by their Babylonian names, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, as the Israelites were living as captives in Babylon at this time). Daniel and his friends requested compassion from God, and He revealed the mystery of the dream to Daniel in a night vision.

Daniel, making it very clear that the interpretation was from God, and in fact could only have been from God, told the king his dream about a statue, and how each part of the statue represented different kingdoms. Nebuchadnezzar himself was the head of gold, other kingdoms were the breast and arms, the belly and thighs, the legs, and the feet. Then a “stone cut without hands” crushed the statue and “became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.” (Daniel 2:34 and 35)

And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so the dream is true, and its interpretation is trustworthy.”

Daniel 2:44-45

The king was amazed by God and promoted Daniel. I highly recommend reading the book of Daniel. Chapter three has one of my favorite stories, and chapter four has another Nebuchadnezzar dream that Daniel interprets and sees come true. But for now, what are your thoughts about the kingdom based on the two verses above? What will be your kingdom statement today? Use it to replace your worry thoughts.

And I’d love to hear your wildest dreams!

M.L. Millard

*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.

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