King Nebuchadnezzar groaned and rolled over in his bed. He opened his eyes and looked around. It was still very dark. The king thought about the strange dream he had just had. He tried to go back to sleep. But it was no use. “Bring the wise men!” he called to his guards.
Quickly the guards woke up some of the wise men and rushed them to the king. King Nebuchadnezzar frowned at the men. “I had a dream that troubles me,” he said.
“O king,” replied the men, “live forever! Please tell us your dream. Then we will tell you what it means.”
“No!” King Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “You must tell me the dream. And then you must tell me what it means.”
The wise men looked at each other. They did not smile. “No one can do what the king asks,” they whispered.
King Nebuchadnezzar became angry. “Take them away! Take all the wise men away!” he ordered.
Daniel, one of the wise men, had not been awakened. He learned of the trouble when the guards came to take him away with the others. “What is troubling the king?” Daniel asked.
The guard explained, “The king has had a troubling dream. And the wise men couldn’t tell him what it was.”
“Please,” Daniel said, “let me talk to the king.”
Daniel bowed before the king. “Please give me some time,” he asked politely. “I want to pray to my God and ask Him to tell me your dream and what it means.”
King Nebuchadnezzar frowned, but he agreed.
Daniel hurried to his three best friends. Together they prayed that God would show Daniel this secret. That night God did tell Daniel the king’s dream.
In the morning Daniel went back to King Nebuchadnezzar. “Can you tell me what I dreamed and what it means?” the king demanded.
“No,” Daniel answered. “I can’t. But there is a God in heaven who explains secret things.” And Daniel told the king exactly what he had dreamed, and what it meant.
“That’s my dream!” shouted King Nebuchadnezzar. “Now I know that your God is the greatest of all!” he exclaimed.
Nebuchadnezzar made Daniel a ruler in the kingdom. And he put Daniel in charge of the other wise men. Daniel was happy to help. He was happy about helping the other wise men get out of trouble. But Daniel was happiest because the king now knew that the God of heaven is the true God.