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Daniel 4:37 “‘Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.’”

EXALT GOD

 Chapter 4 of Daniel is the story of Nebuchadnezzar’s humiliation.  He had a dream.  It was interpreted by Daniel.  Daniel warned him.  He didn’t listen.  The dream came true.  AND then he realized God was right all along. 

Boy, he could have sure used those seven years differently, couldn’t he?  Instead of living wild and eating grass, he could have been serving the Lord. Instead of being out of his mind, he could have had the mind of God.  Instead of his hair and his nails growing out, he could have been growing in his knowledge of the Lord.

TEACHING MOMENT

 Unfortunately, there are some things our children have to learn on their own.  Trusting the Lord’s Word to be true is one of them.  Sure, we can tell them and show through our own lives, but they still have to experience it themselves.  They have to come to a point where they make that decision to believe Him.

Our prayer must be that they learn this quickly instead of making a mess of things.  Our prayer must be that they decide at an early age to follow Jesus rather than the world.  Our prayer must be that they bow their knees in worship rather than in begging for mercy and restoration.

Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way.  How about you?  Are you hard-headed and proud like he was?  We have the benefit of God’s Word to show us how to live.  Turn to it today and ask the Lord to show you what HE wants you to do.  He will.

O Lord, I prefer not to live with the beast and eat grass. I prefer to sit at Your banquet table and feast on Your Word.  Forgive me of my haughtiness and pride.  Let me live today totally submissive to You and Your Will.

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