An interesting thing happened to King Nebuchadnezzar near the end of his reign. He had another dream. It was a very scary dream and when he called for Daniel’s interpretation, he chose not to heed Daniel’s warning. So about a year later, as the king was proudly boasting about his own majesty, the nightmare came true. He descended into madness and became like a wild animal. King Nebuchadnezzar stayed this way until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms.
When he yielded to God he came to his senses and said, “At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation…” The insanity was temporary and his mind was changed, and joyfully he honored God and wanted everyone to know the greatness of the Most High.
King Nebuchadnezzar had spent most of his life oppressing God’s people and then he himself became a true believer. In a way he had a conversion much like Saul to Paul in the New Testament, but this man had lived many years earlier. God’s power and His grace are still alive and active in our days. I pray we live fully embracing our role in His Story.