The King of Babylon had a dream and was in dire need of an interpretation but there was none of his wise men who could execute to his expectations. He threatened the demise of all the wise men if his dream wasn’t retold and explained but also promised a reward if this was done. He eventually gave orders for all the wise men of Babylon to be destroyed because they voiced out their inabilities to do as he wished.
As soon as Daniel became aware of the situation, he approached the King and asked for time to retell and interpret his dream then he did something very profound. He approached his friends and asked that they seek God together on his behalf. His friends interceded and God revealed the king’s dream to Daniel.
Daniel revealed the dream and its interpretation to the king and of course he was rewarded. Then, he did something profound again, he remembered his friends. To the request of Daniel, his friends were exalted and rewarded.
Daniel 2:17-18 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
What kind of associations, friendships and relationships do you condone? Most times, we underestimate the power of our associations. The power of your associations depend on the type of companions, friends and relationships you keep. There are associations that can mar you and also those that elevate and build you. It is very important to intentionally determine your associations.
Just like Daniel, we need associations that enable us convene over things of importance and relevance, friendships that elevate us and relationships that enable us seek God together. When you deliberate having a commune, building friendships or relationships, consider people who share the same beliefs, ideas and values as you, it’s always easier and less complicating.
Friendships should be edifying and uplifting, not judgemental and envious or filled with disconsolation. Daniel remembered his friends and requested that they should also be rewarded.
The relationships you keep should seek to improve and upraise you, not bring you down or make you feel downcast. The best associations are void of envy, jealousy and strife, instead everyone seeks to rise together.
Have you ever felt your friends try to bring you down, gossip or say malicious things about you and other people? Do you wish to draw closer to God but your friends and relationships make this journey difficult for you? Then it’s time to rethink your associations.
Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.