Turn Back to God (Daniel 4:28-37)

 

33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.

34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.

His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.

35 All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”

36 At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.  (Daniel 4:33-37)

Learn it:

            We now learn how King Nebuchadnezzar responds to Daniel’s warning.  The king goes through a season of things going so well where his nation is growing bigger, stronger and more beautiful.  It is at this moment of great pride that the Lord steps in and strikes the king with this disease.  His appearance completely changes, and he loses his mind during this time.  The king is humbled and spends seven periods of time living as an animal.

            Once his mind is restored, he lifts his eyes to heaven, and he recognized that the Lord controlled all things and his kingdom will last forever.  The king was then restored to his previous position as king and he became even stronger than before.  He gave glory to God for all of his ways are just and he is able to humble the prideful.  It’s hard to know for certain if King Nebuchadnezzar was a true believer in the Lord.  It is been debated between scholars for generations but what we do know is he had a real experience with God. 

Live it:

            The point of this story is to show the difference between an earthly king and the heavenly king.  The earthly king sees himself as the most powerful ruler on the earth and nothing can stop him.  Then the heavenly ruler, God, displays that he controls all things.  He can humble anyone he chooses.  He can take away and then give it back again.  He does this at times to get our minds focused back on who He is.  Sometimes God sends us through trials to help us get back into a better place with Him.  If you are going through a tough season right now turn to Jesus.  Recognize Him as the provider of all things and nothing else will satisfy.  Give glory to God for His goodness.


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