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
After seeing the three young men survive the fiery furnace, King Nebuchadnezzar chose to follow God and lead his nation to follow God. God gave the King a vision that his kingdom would prosper, but there would be a time when he would be crushed. Later, the king stood up and claimed that he was God and he built his own kingdom. Immediately God took his sanity and he lived for several years as an animal in the wild. Later the king looked up to the heavens and declared that God was God and honored him. His sanity and kingdom were restored.
Going through life it is easy for a person to think that he has done all that he has done by his own power. Hard work appears to pay off and no one can see God, so it must be by his own hands that all has happened. Some believers are even guilty of thinking this way and putting God on the side.
When a person puts God on the side, He will often do something to get his attention. His goal is to get the person’s heart back in the right condition.
Many believers also get angry with God when He knocks them down, so that they will look up to Him. The pain of the knock down causes many to give up on God, rather than see that it was for their benefit in the end.
Looking up to God and allowing Him to be in absolute control is the best thing you can do. Everything that God does is the best thing for your life. Had not God knocked King Nebuchadnezzar down, he would never have turned his heart back to God. He would have died living in the sin of believing he was God.
If you are already following God, keep your eyes on Him and allow Him to be in control. Do not take that control away from Him. He knows what is best for your life.
If you have fallen away and God is knocking you down, look up to Him. There is forgiveness available. God has great things in store for you, if you trust Him.
I pray today that you will allow God to be in control; that you will trust all of God’s actions; that you praise God for all that you have and are; and that you will be humble before God.