In Daniel 4 we hear the story of Nebuchadnezzar's crazy “conversion.” WOW!!! It's the story of Nebuchadnezzar's dream about a great tree.
Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian King who conquered the world, was a gifted, talented, and amazing leader.
The problem was that he let it go to his head. He swelled with pride even after God warned him multiple times through the prophet Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar didn’t heed the warnings; he didn’t listen.
So, one day while he was looking out over the splendor of the great city of Babylon he says, “Is this not the great Babylon that I have built by my might and power for the honor of my majesty?”
We are told he went insane almost immediately after this. He was driven from men. He became like the beasts of the field and began to eat the grass. He lived outside where his body became wet with dew; his hair became matted and shaggy, and his nails grew long like claws. He lived that way for 7 years!
Then, Daniel 4:34 says, “At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes towards heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.” A conversion experience to remember. Nebuchadnezzar worshiped God.
For us, Scripture teaches many lessons. One of the lessons from the Nebuchadnezzar story is to listen to what God is saying.
- We might not have the big, interpreted dreams like he did. Instead, we might hear a still small voice that says, “Flee, this is not the place for you.” Or “Get out of this relationship, it can destroy you.” Or “ Run from this situation, otherwise you’ll fall deep into a sin.” Or “Don’t do it, it’s wrong.” It’s that hesitation, that check in your spirit, it comes from God as a warning.
- It might be a message we hear at Pizza Ranch, at church, in our devotions, or on the radio. A song we love. It’s as clear as can be. God speaks to us through others.
- God will also use the counsel of godly friends to get us to hear.
May we all be alert to what God is saying to us because HE is ultimately in charge.
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