Shamed Into Worship

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Daniel 4:28-37

If we had an experience like Nebuchadnezzar, we would learn a lot about the sovereignty of God. God is greater than any government. “He does according to his will among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand” (v. 35). Daniel writes like the apostle Paul in Romans 9:20. “Who are you, a man, to answer back to God?”

God had given Nebuchadnezzar a whole year after the dream to change his way of living. Instead he drifted back to his own arrogance and unwarranted self-praise. The very words that God, through Moses, had wanted us not to say, “My power and the might of my hand have gotten me all this wealth” (Deut. 8:17), the king arrogantly announces while walking on the roof of his palace. And wham! A voice from heaven thunders and a once-mighty king is on his hands and knees, eating grass like an ox. His hair grows long and his nails become claws.

God’s appointed time of punishment ends. Then Nebuchadnezzar gives all glory to God. Did he maintain his restored faith? I hope so.


Thank you, Lord, for the times when you slap us down from our high and mighty places. Lift us up in mercy and restore us to your favor. In Jesus’ name. Amen.