Saturday, June 22, 2019

Daniel 4

Today's reading in our daily plan is Daniel 4. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter is written from King Nebuchadnezzar's perspective. He asks Daniel (called Belteshazzar) to interpret a dream. The dream involved a giant tree that grew taller and taller but was eventually cut down.
  • Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar that the dream represented the King's empire, and that his power would ultimately be cut down.
  • Nebuchadnezzar ignored Daniel's warning and continued to rule pridefully. A year later, God began to take away his power. Nebuchadnezzar realized his mistake and acknowledged God's truth, but it was too late to regain authority.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • This is an example of "pride before the fall." When we rely on our own efforts and take pride solely in what we have accomplished, it robs God of the glory he deserves. Eventually, this will backfire.
  • We need to be diligent to always make God the hero of our story and focus on what he wants us to do, instead of trying to trying to design our own destiny.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is there an area of your life where you've allowed pride to well up? Are you convinced you can do it on your own? Maybe it's a set of work accomplishments, or a relationship in your life you haven't made God the center of. 
  • Take time today to thank God for what he's allowed you to do. And if you need to send a text message or make a phone call to have an honest conversation with someone you've been misleading, today is the day to reach out.