Do dream interpreters need to be profoundly wise?

I’ve been studying the book of Daniel.  I’ve been studying the book of Daniel. Yesterday a particular verse stood out to me…Daniel 2:30. Daniel was about to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and this is what he says, “But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but for our sakes who make known the interpretation to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.”

Lately I have found myself asking for more and more wisdom and revelation to be able to interpret dreams. The Bible makes it clear when we ask for wisdom He gives generously (James 1:5). But what struck me about this verse is Daniel was saying the interpretation was NOT revealed to him because he had so much wisdom. It was because the interpretation was a matter of life or death for him and his friends (Neb was having all the wise men killed who couldn’t tell the dream). The higher the need, the greater the revelation.

And he also said it was so the king would know the thoughts of his heart. It doesn’t take a profoundly wise person to interpret a dream, it takes someone who’s willing to be God’s mouthpiece for the sake of helping others understand the thoughts of their hearts. Dream interpretation is more about the dreamer than the interpreter. It’s less about what gifts the interpreter has and more about what the needs of the dreamer are.

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