Episode ThemeServant-Working: Helping Hands
Which is easier? To help someone or to ask someone for help? Many people will gladly help someone, but they hate having to ask for help. If you ever struggle with asking for help, you should meet King Nebuchadnezzar!
In his first year as king, Nebuchadnezzar marched all over with his army—conquering whole countries. He was the most powerful king! In his second year as king, Nebuchadnezzar had a bad dream that scared him, so he asked for help. He summoned all the magicians, sorcerers, and astrologers in his kingdom to come to the palace. When they arrived, he said, “I need your help. I’ve been having a bad dream, and I want to know what it means.”
The men replied, “Tell us about your dream and we will interpret for you.” But Neb said to them, “I do not trust you so you will have to tell me both what my dream was and what it means. If you do not, I will kill all of you!”
Asking people you don’t trust for help is never a good idea. Not giving all the information isn’t a good strategy. Nebuchadnezzar knew he needed help; he just didn’t know whom to ask or how to ask for help. Good thing for Nebuchadnezzar that a God-fearing man named Daniel happened to live in Nebuchadnezzar’s country. He heard about Nebuchadnezzar’s need for help and he turned to God. When Daniel asked God for help, God told Daniel all about Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and what it meant. Daniel then went to King Nebuchadnezzar and told him God’s words.
Nebuchadnezzar said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of Kings! Daniel will be in charge of most of my kingdom from now on!”
What does King Nebuchadnezzar’s story tell us? Whom we ask for help is important. How we ask for help is important. The most important thing we can learn from Nebuchadnezzar’s scary dream: God is the very best source of help….and he’s always just a prayer away!!