“And inasmuch as they gave the command to leave the stump and roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be assured to you, after you come to know that Heaven rules” (Dan 4:26)

The book of Daniel chapter 4and 5 narrated the dream of Nebuchadnezzar and its interpretation. Before the interpretation by Daniel, the dream was about a big tree which serves to solve humanitarian problem; but the tree was commanded to be chopped down but not to be uprooted. (Dan. 4:14-15)

That big tree was Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonia Empire which ruled the then world. However, his rise to power was made possible because God exalted him to serve His purpose. Likewise, many are in power today to carry out the purpose of God for humanity. God called Nebuchadnezzar “My servant”. How he rose to power and his conquest ofIsraelhas been predicted hundred of years before it came to pass. Now, for him to attribute his success to his power and ability shows pride and that he was an ingrate.

It is unbelievable that someone who had praised the name of God on four different occasions would turn around to attribute his greatness to his power. Here are the four occasions he praised the Lord,

  1. God supremacy – Dan. 2:47; The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.”
  2. Most high God – Dan. 3:26; “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.
  3. God as our deliverer –   Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel[b] and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God!
  4. God as a Holy God – “Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the Spirit of the Holy God is in you (Dan. 4;9)

Many people have been in the position of power or wealth but were power drunk and have abuse that power or privilege. Whatever position one has attained in life, he needs not to boast about it. Whatever manner you handle it, you are being monitored from above.

The chopped tree which stands for Nebuchadnezzar represents all those who are proud, those who would not honor God and those who always attribute success to their power and ability. The Bible says,

“Not by might nor by power,

but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts” (Zach. 4:6).

Therefore, God chopped down Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom. He was favored that he was chopped down and not uprooted. The chopping down was chastisement from heaven. By grace this chastisement relegated him for some time. When you are chopped down and not uprooted, there is chance that you will sprout and grow again; may be you will have a second chance to reconcile with God again.

Discipline or chastisement from God is not punitive but redemptive as long as the discipline did not take your life. The hope of being corrected and restored is real.

 

Lessons to learn from Nebuchadnezzar’s pride

  1. that God, the most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever He chooses
  2. that in whatever we are or attained, it is by the grace of God
  3. that pride or any sin depriving God His glory will cause our downfall
  4. that sins of unrighteousness and unmerciful attracts God’s wrath
  5. that you do not overlook warning or take any information with levity – Gedaliah was murdered for not heeding to Johanna’s warning (Jer. 40:13-14, 16; 4:2-3. after twelve months of warning, Nebuchadnezzar failed to heed to the warning.
  6. repentance leads to restoration
  7. our God is merciful
  8. our God is a God of second chance

 

Conditions for restoration

When judgment is passed on us because of our not been able to acknowledge the goodness of God in our life, or taking credit for our success, if by grace we are chastised, what we need to do are,

  • recognize your mistake
  • repent of your mistake or sin
  • acknowledge God’s supremacy
  • praise and honor God for His goodness
  • lift your eyes to heaven for your restoration

 

Joy of restoration

When you have given the due honor to God, what happened to Nebuchadnezzar and more will happen to you.

  • Your reasoning will return to you
  • Honor and splendor will return to you
  • Your subjects and respect will return to you
  • Excellent majesty is added to your restored losses

Today, if you have been cut down and for the fact that you are reading this article, you have not been uprooted; rid yourself of whatever will rob you of your heavenly blesses, how? By letting God, the Most High rule in your kingdom – life.

 

By LawrenceAbitogun

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Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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