Change of Heart, Change of Mind

In Daniel 4:28-37 we can read about an interesting event that changed a lot of things to human history. When Nebuchadnezzar took Israel into captivity, he di not know how much it would change his life. He met Daniel and his three friends, and he was impressed with the God that they serve. He was later warned that he should keep himself humble or else he will face a punishment from the Lord. He did not keep himself humble so he had a change of mind to teach him humility. For seven periods of time, he was out and ate grass like an ox.
If this was where the story of Nebuchadnezzar ended, it would be an interesting story about being humble before God, but it does not end there. In verse 34 we see something that does not happen elsewhere in the Bible. “At the end of the days, I Nebuchadnezzar,” is how verse 34 starts. Did you catch that, Nebuchadnezzar wrote the ending of this story. There should be something noted about how the Lord spke to him in the first part of this section, but it is equally impressive that Nebuchadnezzar, a pagan king, wrote a section that is in the Bible.
Nebuchadnezzar was humbled by God, but he comes back and recognizes that God is higher than he is and that God has unquestionable power. He learned humility in a very unique way, but he saw that God is unique in all of the things that he did in front of Nebuchadnezzar. We too should be humble in front of our king. God reigns over all the earth. Nebuchadnezzar was not an Israelite who was raised learning about God, but he came to believe in God as the only God in heaven. We too should develop humility like Nebuchadnezzar did.

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