The King Has Lost His Mind (Daniel 4)

Daniel 4

Daniel chapter four records a remarkable letter from King Nebuchadnezzar to his people that starts out something like this:

“You guys, I have the best news ever! I lost my mind.”

Hmmm…that doesn’t sound like fantastic news. The king went on.

“No, really! For seven years I lost my mind. I started eating grass like a cow, I slept outside, my hair became so matted that it was almost like feathers, my nails grew out like claws. I was so unwell that I was driven from my palace. You wouldn’t believe how great it was!”

Wait, what?

“I lost my mind for seven years, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me because I found God. Let me tell you about Him.”

Then one of the most powerful monarchs that has ever lived wrote of the greatness of God. “Then I praised the Most High and honored and glorified Him who lives forever…All the inhabitants of the earth are counted as nothing, and He does what He wants with the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. There is no one can block His hand or say to Him, ‘What have you done?’” (ch. 4, vs. 34-35)

The king ended his letter with this: “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt, and glorify the King of the heavens, because all his works are true and his ways are just. He is able to humble those who walk in pride.” (ch. 4, vs. 37)

What an unexpected attitude the king had. Here he had gone through this awful experience, but all he could do at the end of it was tell every one that he knew about what God had taught him through it.

What if you and I started doing that? What if we intentionally told everyone that we could about the circumstances, good and bad, that caused us to find Jesus. Wouldn’t that change everything?