When reading the book of Daniel there is no doubt that the Lord was with him. The Lord equips us with gifts to help others and represent Him. Some are called to lead, others to mentor or guide others, and some are gifted with the gift to encourage others. The Lord put Daniel as an adviser to King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel was called to interpret the king’s dreams and provide guidance as well. In the end, the king was humbled and had to realize that God put him where he was and not himself. Many times pride gets in our way and we fail to see how much influence God has in our lives and King Nebuchadnezzar is a perfect example of this and we can learn a lot from his story.
Nebuchadnezzar was a world leader that he could get more from the people he conquered by letting them still worship their gods. At times he worshiped with them too. His plan worked and many people accepted him for this until he conquered the nation of Judah. Our God did not allow any worship other to Himself. The king was warned about his perspective in life and that he was exactly where God wanted him to be, but his pride did not let him understand. The Lord then gave him a dream for Daniel to translate that should have instantly humbled him, but did not. The Lord told the king if he failed to accept that God allowed him to prosper that he would live like an animal in the wilderness away from people. On the 12th month, the prophecy was fulfilled.
You’re to be driven away from people. You’re to live with the wild animals of the field. You are to be made to eat grass like cattle, and seven years will pass you by until you realize that the Most High is sovereign over human kingdoms and grants them to whomever he desires.’” 33 The decree was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar immediately. He was driven away from people to eat grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with dew from the sky, until his hair grew like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.”
Then the Kings sanity returned!
When that period was over, I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven and my sanity returned to me. I blessed the Most High, praising and honoring the one who lives forever: For his sovereignty is eternal, and his kingdom continues from generation to generation.
Ancient kings did not like mentioning their weaknesses or shortcomings. History shows that during the 43 years of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, there was a period where he did not rule and the bible explains the reasons why. This was a punishment due to his pride and failing to fully believe that God is the sole provider for all. Pride is a tricky tool satan uses to put a wedge between us and our Heavenly Father just like he uses guilt. Only when we fully submit to the Lord will that pride leave and give you the ability to fully awe at the miracles of our God on a daily basis. The king had to learn this lesson the hard way and many of us do as well, however we have an amazing God that gives us many opportunities to repent and do His will.
At that moment I recovered my sanity, and my honor and majesty returned to me, for the sake of my kingdom. My advisers and officials sought me out, my throne was restored, and even more greatness than I had before was added to me.
Nebuchadnezzar’s pilgrimage with God is one of the major themes in the book of Daniel. He first acknowledged God for revealing his dreams to Daniel in Daniel 2:47. Then he praised God for saving the three Hebrews from the furnace acknowledging God’s power in Daniel 3:28-29. Even though he acknowledged God for His powers and miracles, Daniel 4:30 teaches us that he did not fully acknowledge God as his personal Lord and savior. It took God to flip his world upside down to prove that He ruled over all.
Many Christians acknowledge God in our lives for all His glory, His power and His love. But so do many unbelievers just like the case of King Nebuchadnezzar and many others today. Recognizing the Lord is one thing, but to be a child of God you must invite Him into your life and accept Him as Lord. You need to accept Jesus Christ as your messiah and live everyday knowing that He died for all the world’s sin. We are no longer under the law, but under His grace. We learn from the king that acknowledgment and commitment are two different things. I leave you all with one simple question to think about. Are you acknowledging God or are you letting Him live through you?
Have a blessed day y’all!