Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
By Whose Power?
The king reflected and said, 'Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?' While the word was in the king's mouth, a voice came from Heaven, saying, 'King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you.'
Daniel 4:30-31 (NAS)
Nebuchadnezzar was the most famous king of the mightiest empire on earth: Babylon. Daniel, the captive slave and prophet from Israel, is woven into its history; his fame and words reveal timeless teachings and visions yet to come.
When King Nebuchadnezzar reflected on his big world, he believed that he created it. God set him straight. He took it all away. Nebuchadnezzar lost his kingdom, and he lost his mind; 'He was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle...his hair had grown like eagles' feathers and his nails like birds' claws' (v.33).
'But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward Heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him Who lives forever' (v.34).
Our Lord showed great favor and mercy to a king who was not a Jew, thus forecasting the future adoption of all peoples of the earth.
How many kings of the entertainment industry have lost their reason and their 'kingdoms' as casualties of their own power plays? In loss, they are the favored ones, because when they fall they might look up and see a merciful and patient God.
The lessons? Judge no one, especially the fallen. Be thankful you know God now. Like Daniel, share your gifts in the kingdom to which you are assigned, and show the world by Whose power you succeed.