How to embrace the “New now,” (Daniel 4)

”Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of Heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.” Daniel 4:37

As I sit here writing, with the intent to cover the text in a contextual faithful way, I realize, if I had a child who was lost I would rejoice at the possibility in the above verse.  No matter how difficult my child may come, this verse gives hope in the saving power of God.

You, see if ever there was a man who the church world would say, is beyond hope, it would be Nebuchadnezzar.  But God reaches this man and brings him to a “new now.”

At the end of chapter three one would believe he had already made the change because of his decree that all his kingdom should allow the worship of the true God.

Now, pay close attention, this king understood there was a God who had great power, but he had not surrendered his life to him.  Chapter 4 reveals how God brings this king to a new now.  Several things characterize Nebuchadnezzar’s journey:

  • This king is a prosperous man who thinks the spoils of his life are totally because of his own efforts, Vs: 4.
  • This king is a foolish man who expects his kingdom to continue without end, Vs: 30.
  • This king is a marked man who experiences the glorious wrath of God in order that he might be saved, Vs: 31-32.
    • God brings him to true knowledge.
    • God opens his eyes to the need of faith.
    • God brings him to the now, Vs: 34-35.
  • This king becomes a saved man who embraces and shares the truth he has come to see, Vs: 37.

Brothers and sisters this is so good for those of us who have lost people around us.  No one is beyond the reach of God.  No one is able to stand against the God who opens hearts and reaches beyond the walls of opposition.

Today, I praise the God who takes us and makes us into new creations (II Cor. 5:17).  Today, I challenge you to be encouraged, God is doing what you cannot do.  Today, I am challenging you to get busy with faith sharing what God has done in you.  No longer allow discouragement to rob you of showing forth the new you.

Your family is not nearly as rough as Nebuchadnezzar’s.

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