And now, the rest of the story.... Daniel 4 (continued)...
Twelve months have gone by since the dream and Daniel's advice to Nebuchadnezzar to change his ways (4:29). At the end of the year, Neb was walking about the palace in Babylon speaking about how great he was when...
While the word was still in the king's mouth, a voice fell from heaven: "King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kindgom 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 oer 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)
I wonder what was going through Nebuchadnezzar's mind when he heard the voice from heaven declaring to be true what Daniel prophesied twelve months before? Fear? Regret? Humiliation? That very hour, the word of prophesy was fulfilled and he was eating grass in the field.
Nebuchadnezzar got a real dose of humility in the form of living out his nightmare of a dream. He could have been in his insane state for seven years! (see v 25 - seven times. In other instances, scholars have equated "times" with years). He had to stay there until he recognized that God was the one in control and not himself. Neb was restored both physically and mentally (kingdom and mind) immediately after He praised God and realized his place in the world:
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down. (v37 NKJV)
And those who walk in pride He is able to put down. That phrase was definitely worth repeating. God is SO in control. Not only is He in control and able to work all things for good tobethose who love Him, but He is also willing to take us down a notch for our own good when we think we have "arrived". The good thing though, is that once we regain our senses, we will be restored. Praise God for His mercy! :)