I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace. I saw a dream that made me afraid. As I lay in bed the fancies and the visions of my head alarmed me. So I made a decree that all the wise men of Babylon should be brought before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream. Then the magicians, the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers came in, and I told them the dream, but they could not make known to me its interpretation. At last Daniel came in before me—he who was named Belteshazzar after the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods—and I told him the dream, saying, “O Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no mystery is too difficult for you, tell me the visions of my dream that I saw and their interpretation. The visions of my head as I lay in bed were these: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great. The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth. Its leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, and the birds of the heavens lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it. Daniel 4:4-12
Once again Nebuchadnezzar is given a dream that needs interpretation and the king again turns to Daniel for the interpretation. As I have stated before, human behavior have not changed much over the centuries. We humans are for the most part a “what have you done for me lately” group. Businesses are concerned with what their employees bring to the bottom line and when that metric decreases changes are mad. In professional sports when a player no longer performs at the highest level they are cut from the team or traded. Way too often that is just how we approach God.
Just like Nebuchadnezzar, we too turn to God when we want Him to do something for us or give us something we think we need. We want God to serve us and not the other way around. When God disappoints we are quick to turn to some other source for our desires. We want Santa Claus not God and when we find out that God is in fact not Santa we are disappointed.
God allowed Daniel to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s first dream and the answer was not all that great. Essentially, God told the king that his kingdom would be replaced by ever less glorious kingdoms. Now Daniel has been called to interpret a second dream. This interpretation will be no better for Nebuchadnezzar.
No one can continually disobey God and expect things to go well. At some time there will be a price to pay for disobedience. Sometimes it will be here on earth and sometimes it will be in the next life. Rest assured you will be asked to pay the price if you continue to rely on your own ability and reject God’s plan for your life.
Have a blessed day,