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A New Beginning

A New Beginning

And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever:  For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation. Daniel 4:34 (NKJV)

Here we are on the cusp of a fresh start of a new year, and a new beginning.  Many people celebrated New Years Eve ushering in exchanging the old for the new.  Some may be looking at what they have lost over the last year, while others may be reflecting on what they have personally gained or accomplished.   As I think about how easily we can take credit for what we have it reminds me of the story of a King who chose to take credit for what God had done for him.  

King Nebuchadnezzar was a world leader of the Babylonian empire.  All Nebuchadnezzar cared about was amassing more wealth, power, and growing his personal empire.  He worshiped his lifestyle and his possessions more than God, so God sent him dreams showing him how these things would be taken away because of this, unless he changed.  This is because God demands exclusive worship; He does not want to be in competition with the attention we give to those things we posses, or the job we have.

This was the case with Nebuchadnezzar, as the king was not willing to humble himself and admit it was God who made him, but this would change.  One day as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?" (Dan. 4:30)  The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven and said,

"King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses." Daniel 4:31-32 (NKJV)

Immediately Nebuchadnezzar was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird (Daniel 4:29-36).  And so for seven years this once mighty king roamed around like a crazy, insane person.  God had clearly warned him of the dangers in his pride, and then allowed him to live through seven years of insanity.

The Bible records how Nebuchadnezzar was given a new beginning by the Lord as the Lord restored him to his throne.  As Christian men and women we have been given a new beginning as well. I would like to encourage you to meditate upon this story.  Let's think about everything God has done for us this last year.  Let's make a New Year's resolution with purpose and meaning.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Daniel 4:34, what was King Nebuchadnezzar's response once he acknowledged the true living God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you identifying daily with all the things the Lord has provided for you?

APPLICATION: Let's seek a meaningful relationship with God today, and make it our New Year's resolution to read His Word daily and to acknowledge all He has done and is doing for us every day.  

Let's pray...

Father, I acknowledge everything I have, and everything worthy I have done is because of You.  I acknowledge Your provision and love for me.  I want to thank You and praise You.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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