A Personal Confession

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Daniel 4:1-12

With this fourth chapter we come to the end of our dealings with Nebuchadnezzar. He is now an old man and takes it upon himself to write a personal confession and testimony to his own folly and to the power of the God of Daniel.

He has a second dream, but this time he remembers its contents. He is quite frank to confess that he first tried all the Babylonian wise men before turning to Daniel. Not many of us are ready to confess how stupid we have been in dealing with some of the tough problems in our lives. No excuses please. Why don’t we trust God first?

Finally the king calls Daniel. What he says to Daniel ought to move us deeply, “I know that the spirit of the holy God is in you.” There is something special about a person whose life has been transformed by the power of the Spirit. In a similar situation, when the Sanhedrin called Stephen in to account for the “great wonders and signs” that he was doing “all who sat in the Council saw that his face was like the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15). Are there any people who remind us of angels in our churches?

PRAYER

Fill us with your Spirit, Lord, so that when persons we know face impossible situations they will ask us to share our faith solutions. In Jesus’ name. Amen.