When I first read this I thought, “Why hasn’t Nebuchadnezzar learned from the past three chapters that God is God!?”
“At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” Daniel 4:29-30
What I find interesting is that despite the king being a gentile, God still spoke to him. He used many instances to speak to him. As we see in the firs three chapters of Daniel. God is using his people(Daniel along with Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) to show his glory to the gentile nations. God loves us all. He doesn’t want anyone to go to a sinners hell. He is always “wooing” us! This is what I find beautiful about our God.
He(God) will use whomever he wants and however he wants, to reach our stubborn and cold hearts.
Yet, even thought Nebuchadnezzar was warned and still said what he said. But, God still loved him enough to keep his promise to humble the kings, so that he would recognize God and repent.
God spoke to him and humbled him quickly.“While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, 32 and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” Daniel 4:31-32
After Nebuchadnezzar was stripped of everything and brought low, his eyes were opened to God and he repented! And how!
“…and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,
for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth;
and none can stay his hand
or say to him, “What have you done?” Daniel 4:34-35
God does whatever it takes to reach out to us. It may seem harsh, but it is for our good and for His glory. He loves us that much that, like a good father, he disciplines us so that we will be better off.(Proverbs 3:12). That we will be saved from our own demise. He is willing to do anything for us. God will either take things from us and or humble us somehow. Remember he even made a way for us by going to the cross of Calvary.
He is willing to do whatever it takes for us to be rescued, saved and delivered. What a good good Father.
(Hebrews 12:3-11 for additional reading)