Daniel interpreted the king’s disturbing dream and showed him that all of his power had been given by the one with all authority. No matter who is in charge, God remains sovereign.
The unifying theme of the Book of Daniel: The Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom He wills.
- God disrupted the ease of King Nebuchadnezzar again through a disturbing dream (4:1-18).
- Daniel interpreted the dream’s message as informing the king of his coming drastic downfall (4:19-25).
- Daniel pleaded with the king to humble himself before it was too late (4:26-27).
- People would much rather find success on their own than having to involve God in the process (4:7).
- Believers should position themselves among others to be close enough to say what needs to be said and yet burdened as they say it (4:9, 19).
- No leader has ever been given responsibility outside of God’s authority (4:25).
- Our sins are often connected to the oppression of others (4:27).
- Tell others what they need to hear rather than what they want to hear.
- Don’t attempt to create conviction devoid of compassion.
- Engage in civic responsibility but don’t substitute it for divine sovereignty.
- Repent now or regret later.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.