Summary: Nebuchadnezzar has a powerful encounter with God and responds with praise! One of the reasons our testimony meetings in churches are so blah is because our people are not encountering God as they should be!
GOD IS IN CHARGE AND HOLDS AUTHORITY OVER ALL!
When we speak of the sovereignty of God we should be humbled—remembering that He is in charge and we are not.
Speaking of the sovereignty of God can bring great confusion, for if God is really in charge of all things, as we all will agree He is—then WHY is there evil in the world. The conflict between God’s purposeful decision to allow man to have freewill and what we think is his responsibility to curtail evil is a doctrinal puzzle.
I am sort of jealous because this pagan King, Nebuchadnezzar, was permitted to write a chapter of the Bible and none of the things I have written will ever become part of the Bible.
In Chapter Four, Nebuchadnezzar makes a proclamation to all of the people under His authority—the kingdoms he had conquered—and the proclamation declares the glory and power and Sovereignty of God. What a shock. He says in verse 2 “I thought it good” (King James) and the NIV says “It pleases me.” This is really interesting. This pagan king says it pleases Him to announce the glory of God and declare the signs and wonders that had been revealed. In other words, this was Nebuchadnezzar’s testimony meeting, sort of.
He tells how he was at rest in his house, peaceful, comfortable—but then he had another troubling dream. (He has a dream in Chapter 2)—Nebuchadnezzar called his wise men, etc. but Daniel is the one who comes and interprets the dream. However, Daniel is not excited about sharing the meaning of the dream, for the dream is about judgment that is going to fall on Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel tells how the dream demonstrates his greatness as a king, but also how he will lose his sanity, be driven away from men, and crawl on all fours eating grass.
That’s a terrible judgment. However we should also look at verse 27—Daniel offers his counsel—and it is simply repent and start living righteously. The next verse tells us that is was a whole year before that judgment fell upon Him. God gave him a chance to repent. I believe God always gives us that chance to repent and forsake our sin before the judgment falls.
When Joshua and God’s people were defeated at Ai, Joshua fell on his face before God and cried out “what’s wrong? You told me to be strong and courageous—four times in chapter one!!!!!” God replied that there was sin in the camp. Joshua called the people together and asked them to consecrate themselves before the Lord because judgment was coming. I truly believe that time of consecration was the opportunity for Achan to repent. If he had come and declared how he had taken loot from Jericho (everything there was to be destroyed as an offering to the Lord, there was to be no looting) then I believe a sacrifice could have been offered and he could have been forgiven. He didn’t and when the lot fell on him, he confessed, but it was too late.. judgment had to fall.