Who’s influencing who?

Daniel 4:37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble. 

Nebuchadnezzar had a bad dream.  That dream warned that God would take away his kingdom for a season and he would live with the animals.  Talk about a humbling experience for a mighty king.  But since he refused to acknowledge God, it happened.  So he lived like a wild animal for a season until he came to grips with the fact that the Most High was truly the only God.  Then God restored his kingdom.  Verse 37 of chapter 4 is what the king learned from his experience.

Now what is remarkable about this whole chapter is the fact the we see Nebuchadnezzar being drawn into God.  Do you realize how unlikely this is?  This is the king who brought Israelites into his kingdom and tried to train God out of them. (See this post)  He named Daniel after his own false God for goodness sakes!  But it seems as though Daniel wasn’t the one who was influenced.  Nebuchadnezzar was the one who had the change of heart.

We live in a world that behaves much like this king.  It desires to train God out of us and our children.  It wants us to hand over our truth so it can give  us a lie.  So what are you going to do?  Who is going to influence who?  Like Daniel, we can take a stand for what we believe in.  We have an opportunity to influence our world!  But it’s more than just an opportunity, it’s a command.  Jesus said to go into all the world and to tell others about Him.  We can’t just idly sit back and hope that no one tries to force their garbage on us.  We’ve got to go into all the world… so let’s go!

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