The Bible says – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) One of the great conversion experiences recorded in the Bible involves a Babylonian king by the name of Nebuchadnezzar.
Scripture says Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a great tree whose ‘height was enormous and whose fruit was visible to the ends of the earth.’ “You, O king, are that tree!” Daniel revealed to him. “You have become great and strong; your greatness has grown until it reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to distant parts of the earth.” (Daniel 4:22)
In his dream, God acknowledged many of Nebuchadnezzar’s personal achievements; yet that was not the entirety of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. In his dream Nebuchadnezzar also saw the tree being chopped down and he heard a loud voice proclaiming, ‘Cut down the tree and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches.” (vs 14) God was about to do something in the life of Nebuchadnezzar that would change him forever.
“All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.” Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He 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 4:28-33)
Tomorrow we will conclude our story of how God worked in the life of Nebuchadnezzar, but for today I want to leave you with a happy ending. Notice how chapter 4 begins – “King Nebuchadnezzar, to the peoples, nations and men of every language, who live in all the world: 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) Nebuchadnezzar’s time in the wilderness was no doubt terrible, yet the Lord used it to help him see his need of God. “It is my pleasure to tell you what the Lord had done for me!”