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Summary: Why is it that we so often choose to learn things the hard way? We often look back and see that it would have been much easier if we had followed what seems so clear to us now. What hinders us from learning and what can we do to learn the things God wan

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Daniel 4:1-37

Learning the Truth…His Way or the Hard Way

Why do we choose the Hard Way

Pride

Procrastination

How do we choose His Way

Humble yourself

Obey the Word

Honor Him

What do we Need to Learn

God is God and You are Not

Slide

Good morning.

Do you remember when you were growing up? Some of you are experiencing this now. But we have all kinds of different people in our life giving us advice.

We have parents who think they know more than us, especially when we are younger.

Maybe we have older siblings or aunts and uncles who give us advice about how to deal with situations we may be going through or other transitions in life.

When we are going into high school our parents sometimes think we should be studying more, but they just don’t understand what it is like to be a high school student in the world today.

Or when we are going to college, we have parents giving us advice regarding watching out what kinds of people we are hanging out with or to be careful about drinking alcohol because it can affect our ability to think or drive, but it is college after all, and this is what everyone is doing. And after all, they don’t know what it is like to face the pressures that I face.

To kids, Sometimes it would seem that parents want them to have no life at all!

They don’t know what I am facing and what do they really know anyway?

We think that, often until we face some of the consequences of the decisions we made.

Oh, if only I would have spent a little more time my freshmen year studying and getting some better grades, I could have gotten into the college I was hoping to.

Oh, if I would have just gone home instead of having a couple more drinks and now I am waking up in some strange place with someone I don’t even know.

Why didn’t I listen!?

Everyone one of us, if you are older than 25, have probably had a moment of regret for not listening to the advice of someone else, thinking that they really did not know what they were talking about, but it turns out they did and it turns out they were really trying to help us, not hurt us.

It would have been so much better and easier for us if we would have just listened to them. But so often we choose to learn things that hard way. Why do we do that?

Transition

Well, this morning, as we continue our series in Daniel called, “When in Babylon…?” we are going to see Nebuchadnezzar again and take a look at what God wants him to learn and how he chooses the hard way and what he could have done and what we can do to better learn the truths of God His way.

Turn with me to chapter 4 of Daniel.

Slide

As you turn there, let me remind you of what we know about Nebuchadnezzar that we learned in the first 3 chapters.

Background

Nebuchadnezzar was the powerful king of the Babylonian empire. He conquered Israel and brought some of the Jews to Babylon as captives and sought to indoctrinate them with the Babylonian way so they would forget their God.

We saw last week that Nebuchadnezzar created a false god made out of gold and required everyone to bow down to it, but Daniel’s friends would not and they were thrown into the fire, but they did not burn up because God saved them.


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