Daniel 4

Daniel 4 opens with King Nebuchadnezzar having had a dream. He is seeking counsel from the wise men in the kingdom about the true meaning of the dream, and none of them know what the dream means. Then Daniel hears the dream and interprets it for the king. The dream warns about the king being humbled and brought low. King Nebuchadnezzar does not heed the warning of the dream, thinking he is above all. The king had built a mighty kingdom and was untouchable in his mind, but God was faithful and followed through on the warning and humbled the king. After the prescribed time that God promised Nebuchadnezzar would be afflicted, he was delivered and restored to a normal life. This restoration began with Nebuchadnezzar submitting to the authority and power of God.

At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”

Daniel 4:34-35

Unfortunately, I find it easy to fall into the same trap that King Nebuchadnezzar did, by inflating my ego and allowing myself to believe I am better than I am. Even on my best days, on my own, I am nothing. God always, without fail, sends people into my life that bring be back down to reality. When this happens, I have to humble myself, repent, and acknowledge that God is who He is in my life.

What are the areas in your life that you need to acknowledge that you are trying to control instead of allowing God to take his rightful place? Are you willing to allow God to reign in your life? What do you need to do to for your relationship with God to be restored?

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