And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
What happened to King Nebuchadnezzar is astonishing. In a moment, he fell from the highest position in the land, all the way to the bottom. Stripped of his power and ability to reason, the king was chased out of the city to live in the fields like a lowly beast. His life was forever changed.
What could he do? How would he be restored? Some may have wondered if he would ever return to the nation as king.
For seven years Nebuchadnezzar remained in obscurity. His life was shrouded in mystery. What did he do all day? Where did he sleep at night? During this time he roamed the fields as an animal, aimlessly rambling around the countryside with no purpose in life and no power to change his situation.
His only hope was the LORD.
The Leader Needed Leading
Nebuchadnezzar had led his armies to great victories. There is no record of the king ever suffering a defeat on the battlefield. He was able to establish Babylonia as a great nation. He was proud of these achievements.
But the mighty man discovered that he was unable to find his way out of his humiliating situation. He could lead soldiers into battle and workers through building programs but he failed to find a way out of his trouble. The great leader needed someone to lead him out of his misery.
Without a guide one will certainly run into trouble. Nebuchadnezzar wandered for seven years. He got nowhere.
The LORD alone was able to guide the king to safety. When Nebuchadnezzar looked to God he was restored, his sanity was returned. The LORD led the king to the truth through humility.
There is no better guide than God. He is able to lead you through the tests, troubles, and temptations found in this world.
The Builder Needed Strength
Before the LORD dealt with Nebuchadnezzar, the king enjoyed his prosperity from the comfort of his grand palace. The kingdom of Babylonia was secure and faced no immediate threat. Babylon was enlarged through the king’s building endeavors and while Nebuchadnezzar sat on the throne it was the royal capital of the kingdom. Babylon was grand. The city was home to large temples and magnificent palaces. It also featured the famous Hanging Gardens, which became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
King Nebuchadnezzar was proud of his works. He was the great builder. With his hands and plans he accomplished notable feats, which remain impressive to this day. However, the architect found out that he was powerless to rid himself of his trouble. The great builder needed someone to give him strength to rise up.
Limitations. We all have them. Nobody has the strength to overcome all obstacles, including sin. To be victorious one must trust in the LORD’S power.
God had the strength Nebuchadnezzar required. After the humbled king lifted up his eyes to heaven, he was restored. The LORD returned the king’s power that he was stripped of. Because of this, the king was mighty once again.
God is mighty in works and deeds. He alone possesses power that enables you to overcome life’s greatest difficulties.
The Braggart Needed Help
King Nebuchadnezzar was warned of his future and had even been told how to get his heart right with God, yet he continued in his pride. Instead of repenting to God of sin, his heart feasted on his accomplishments. He recounted his great deeds and boasted of his grand building projects. Nebuchadnezzar was a conceited, arrogant, and proud man that basked in the glory of his triumphs. Right in the middle of his vain self-praise the LORD stripped him of all that he held dear.
The grand king no longer had a throne to sit upon. The magnificent builder was without a home to live in. He lost his worldly treasures and was unable to get them back. The great braggart needed a helping hand.
King Nebuchadnezzar discovered that his great deeds were not so great after all. He looked to the LORD and found greatness in Him.
It is by God’s grace that we are anything at all. To boast of great deeds before Almighty God is foolish. Without the LORD men are hopeless, but with God all things are possible.
It took seven years to crack the proud king’s hard heart. Don’t wait that long. Look to God now for help.