King Nebuchadnezzar, To the nations and peoples of every language, who live in all the earth: May you prosper greatly! It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me. How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation. Daniel 4:1-3 (NIV).
Has the pagan king of Babylon undergone a conversion? As we noted last time, perhaps, if only a little. Don’t forget that Daniel was, at this time, serving as his chief counselor. It’s likely that the wording of this confession reflected Daniel’s close relationship with the king, as well as Nebuchadnezzar witnessing miracles and more. Now, he’s about to witness another, one that will strike him personally.
Before that happens, Nebuchadnezzar the pagan from Babylon does a better job of confessing who God is than most Lutherans, Baptists, Presbyterians, or Catholics I know. He does it overwhelmingly. How many of us have prayed prosperity over strangers and adversaries? How many of us talk about “my pleasure” to tell these same people about God and the constant miracles He brings? How many of us share our personal testimony of how God performs those miracles in our lives?
Now, don’t beat yourself up too much being honest in your answer. Truth is, Nebuchadnezzar had a first-rate witness-advisor at his side. He was also the most powerful political figure in the world, with immense wealth and power at his disposal. He was a man of the world, well-versed in the superstitions and witch-doctor religions of his day, as well as how they would affect his position as king. All those things are things we may not (probably don’t) have at hand. We’re apples and oranges with the old man.
Except that we aren’t. We have multiple opportunities to confess how Jesus blesses us every day, how we witness His power first-hand. Let me brag on my Lord for keeping my family safe, for helping my family in our great needs. Let me talk about how He is more powerful than addictions, or demons, or troubles and stressors. Let me proclaim how He protects my wife as she drives all over north Texas helping others, or how He cures me from dread disease. Let me sing about how He has blessed my kids and grandkids with health, happiness, and opportunities.
I’d just be getting warmed up. And I’m no king. I’m just a guy with a good internet signal. But I fail to do it.
You and I don’t need to be kings to share our common stories about our uncommon God. Neither did Nebuchadnezzar. He was about to find out more.
For further reading: Psalm 74:9, Psalm 105:27, Daniel 4:4
Lord, there aren’t enough words in the dictionary to describe how wonderful You are. Thank You!
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