Nebuchadnezzar’s Prayer of Praise

Nebuchadnezzar?  Praising God?  The great king of the Babylonian empire who had a large golden statue of himself be built to worship?  Yes, that one.  Babylon was one of the greatest empires in history that conquered most of the known world at the time, beginning around 626 B.C.   Nebuchadnezzar ruled from 605-562 B.C., being one of the greatest emperors known.  He was also ruthless.  He destroyed Jerusalem and tore down it’s walls, looted the temple and brought the Israelite people into exile, killing many and enslaving many.  When he has his dream, he asked his counselors not only to interpret gold statue 2his dreams but to tell him what it was!  When they could not, he threatened to cut them all to pieces and burn down their houses.  He executed any who would not bow down and worship his image of gold.  But, God revealed the dream to Daniel and its interpretation giving him favor with the king.  The king let his pride get the best of him, and God brought him down and showed him His majesty and power.  When the king was at his lowest he realized how great God was and turned to Him.  God used Daniel and used the king’s circumstances to reveal His greatness and to bring him to righteousness.  I believe that Nebuchadnezzar was saved at this time.  Only God knows for sure.  God will use many ways to draw people to Him.  He is a God of mercy.  No matter what you have done in the past, where you are at in life, He seeks your love and wants you to be saved.  He sent His Son to die on the cross, that our sins may be forgiven.  He uses other people to be a witness so others would see the truth and turn to him.  Sometimes He will allow us to stumble from our own selfishness and pride to a low point to bring us to surrender to Him, so that we can have eternal life.  He uses all things for good, so that we can become His children.  This is the prayer of Nebuchanezzar (or, more like a proclamation of how great God is) after he was brought down by God and restored. Continue reading “Nebuchadnezzar’s Prayer of Praise”

When You Have a Crisis

When we are struggling, when things are hard, when we have a crisis?  What is the first thing we do?  How do we try to fix it?  So often we try to take care of it on our own.  In my experience, this can often lead to disaster.  Sometimes they work out for a while, but most of the time we find out that we need help.  Why don’t we start there?  We trust God.  Do we show it?  Is God our priority?  Do we turn to Him fist for everything?  As I was reading Daniel this week, I realized there is a lot we can learn from him: Continue reading “When You Have a Crisis”