This little guy struck me as humorous when we saw him during the first snowfall of the season in Yellowstone National Park in September 2016. He reminded me of a certain king in the Bible who had to learn a very hard lesson.
King Nebuchadnezzar was a very important and successful king in Babylon during the days of Daniel. He thought a lot of the prophet Daniel, as well as his three friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who were also committed worshipers of the One True God.
Although the king had done some good things for God’s people and knew that God was the only true God, he still wouldn’t give up his sin and pride. He often bragged on himself and his accomplishments.
One day, he had a dream he didn’t understand, so he called for Daniel, who had interpreted a dream for him before. Daniel told the king that God was warning him through the dream that if he did not repent and turn to God, the Lord would make him like a beast of the field. The Lord gave him one whole year to change his ways, but he didn’t. So the dream came true.
Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom was removed from him, and he became like a beast of the field, eating grass and living outside. However this story has a happy ending.
“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything He does is right and all His ways are just. And those who walk in pride He is able to humble.” Daniel 4:37.
These words are a testimony from Nebuchadnezzar himself, who was changed by God’s work in his life. It took seven years of total humiliation and living like an animal, but Nebuchadnezzar came to the realization that his success was not brought about by anything he did; it was because the Lord had blessed him. I don’t hear any bitterness in his voice as he gives the proper glory to God and as he rightly proclaims that everything the Lord does is right and just.
Sometimes when the Lord works in our lives through hardship or humiliation, we have a tendency to be bitter about it. However, His work is always for our good, as is obvious in the life of this king. May we hear God’s voice and act.