A Villain Turns to God

Daniel 3:28

Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

Nebuchadnezzar is one of my favorite characters in all of the Bible.  He was not only the king of a great empire; God tells him that he is the most powerful man in the world both currently and ever to come.  This doesn’t mean that he was the best man however.  God needs to humble him and prove that as powerful of a man as he is on earth, the Lord of all the earth is infinitely more powerful.

Previously Nebuchadnezzar implied that no god could rescue someone from his hand.  Of course the Lord shows his power and humbles Nebuchadnezzar.  This passage shows his repentance as he recognizes the power of the true God.

Although Nebuchadnezzar’s transformation seems incredible, it is really just the start of his journey.  Just like many Christians, there is still plenty of work to do.  He will still mess up many more times.  He will have other proclamations that sound similar to this one until he is ultimately humbled and trusts completely in God.  But this is the start of his journey.

Some Christians can point to the exact date and location when they were saved.  Their transformation was dramatic and complete.  Others can’t point to a day but were gradually exposed to the gospel and one day they woke up and realized that they got it.  Just because there wasn’t a dramatic transformation or a person falls back from where they started doesn’t discount their salvation.  Our journey isn’t as important as our final destination.

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