“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.” – Daniel 4:37
This is the last verse of chapter 4 and it is interesting how the king ends this chapter after he began by saying, “I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at rest in my house, and flourishing in my palace.” It is interesting to see the change in his perspective.
Nebuchadnezzar had a lot to be proud of. Although a “pagan”, God called him His servant. Daniel says that he “is a king of kings, for the God of heaven has given thee a kingdom, and strength, and glory.” Not only was Nebuchadnezzar a master of war, but he was also considered a much better statesman and administrator of peace. He was considered the “absolutely unapproached among the great builder-kings of the ancient East.” No wonder why, in the book of Daniel, we see his dreams are dreams of “magnificent imagination.” But for all of his pride and arrogance, throughout the book of Daniel, we see a man of tremendous humility. Alexander Whyte wrote, “Nebuchadnezzar never, that I have read of, got one single lesson from God or man that he did not instantly lay it to heart.”
We are constantly given the stories of Daniel in the lion’s den and the three in the fiery furnace where Jesus shows up as a theophany. But rarely do we focus on Nebuchadnezzar, his pride, and the bringing down of his pride and his restoration.
God told Nebuchadnezzar that he would be driven out and the kingdom would be taken away from him, but that was the very thing he needed. It was this “putting down” that made him into a new man. We never see this happen to Daniel, however. Why is that? Could it have been his prayer life? More importantly, could it have been his secret prayer life three times a day every day? I believe that it was.
“Prayer every day, and many times every day, and all the day, would bring down and would abase into the very dust Lucifer himself.” – Whyte