I find it very interesting that chapter 4 of the book of Daniel is actually written by a pagan king. Yes, the entire chapter comes from King Nebuchadnezzar. You see, the prophet Daniel has seen fit to include a chapter from the king that tells, in his own pen, his testimony of how his eyes were opened to the power of God.
Once again, God gave the king a dream and Daniel was called on to provide an interpretation. The dream tells of how the great king will be humbled – exiled from his own land – for “seven periods of time”. Then, the king will be given the opportunity to return to power if he can learn that God is the one who gives and takes away power and authority.
Look at the king’s humility:
36 “When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom. My advisers and officers sought me out, and I was reestablished as head of my kingdom, with even greater honor than before. 37 “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble those who are proud.”
When I read this, I can’t help thinking about how it seems our own nation has turned so hard against God. I wonder what it will take to wake up our nation’s leaders and remind them of the sovereignty of God – and that He is the one who establishes authority.
Where is our Daniel?
Lord, I pray for our nation. I pray that You will somehow will send us a Daniel for our wake up call. Draw our leaders to You, God. May we once again be known as a nation who honors You.