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The King was unwilling to acknowledge God’s power and authority. While he understood who God was, he refused to yield to his leadership. The King was going to prove to Daniel who was boss—and he did. He was stripped of all he had and made to live like a wild beast. Nothing within the strongest empire of all time could alter God’s judgement, nothing bit a change of heart.
Nebuchadnezzar woke up after 7 years of rebellion and repented. He surrendered to God and an amazing thing happened. He was restored and his kingdom returned to him. The onlydifferent in his life was the knowledge that he controlled nothing—It was God almighty that ruled—but, in his rule he granted true freedom. .
In our lives, we struggle with turning things over to God. Whether it is because of pride or fear, we roam around like the King making little sense of our lives. Then, when we finally acknowledge his lordship, we are restored and find the freedom of knowing we do not control our lives we simply journey in his peace and protection truly free from all that entangles us. Then we are once again free to see life as it is and we can experience God’s love and peace for the rest of the journey.
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All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”
31 Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. 32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.”
33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.
34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.