Oh, no!  The king suffers a dreadful dream.  All in his kingdom shudder.  Now what?  He calls for Daniel.  His pagan, polytheistic Wise Men are not so wise after all.  But Daniel has connections on high–with the One true God, Yahweh.  Daniel makes his appearance.  What of this dream, the king asks?

A tree grows in ancient Babylon!  As big as a millennia-old California redwood, with branches reaching far and wide, shading the earth with its abundant foliage.  Is this Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom?  All due to his own greatness?  Or so he’d like to think.  Until a dream rears its ugly head, displaying his face!  He’s bragged and boasted one too many times.  NEBUCHADNEZZAR…all in capital letters!

But like Humpty-Dumpty, he falls off the wall, shattering in a million pieces!  God has judged him.  The patience of the Lord is great, but not without limit.  Nebuchadnezzar thought himself a god, now he’ll graze like a goat.  Only this comeuppance will cause him to come to his senses.  Only God is God.

Why is that so hard to comprehend?  God is patient but not forever.  Best to embrace Jesus while there is still time.  When will His patience run out?  I don’t know.  Neither do you.  So, wait no longer.  Accept the Lord Jesus.  Turn your life over to Him.  And tell others about Him with an urgency that this gap of God’s mercy has allowed.

When will this world wake up and bow down before the One and Only?  When?

Lord, we pray for others to come to Jesus.  In His name.  Amen.


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