Daniel 4

Daniel 4. Insufficient

Daniel 4:1-37


OVERVIEWKing Nebuchadnezzar had another dream, and Daniel explained it to him. Nebuchadnezzar had to learn that God is all-sufficient and that he is not. God humbled Nebuchadnezzar, but it led him to lift his eyes to heaven, and he “praised and worshiped the Most High” (verse 34).

BIG IDEAConfess your sins and be open to the changes God wants to make in your life.

KEY VERSEDaniel 4:27 (Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar)
King Nebuchadnezzar, please accept my advice. Stop sinning and do what is right. Break from your wicked past and be merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper.

You have value and worth. I know this because I made you this way—I created you in my image. I have designed you to walk with me and worship me. When you do these things, you will find the satisfaction and joy and energy and hope and fulfillment you’ve been seeking. I have all power, but I am partnering with you to be part of my work on earth. I want all people to know me and follow me, and I invite you to my team.

Do not focus on yourself or your life plans. I care about your dreams but don’t be so consumed by them that they prevent you from seeing the people I have placed in your life. Some you know and others you will walk past throughout the day. But I care about all of them and want you to, as well. Open your eyes and walk with me. Open your heart to what I want to do in you and through you.

Stop looking at your reflection and look to heaven. Ask God to identify 1-2 areas he wants to build up or strengthen so that you reflect the image of Jesus. Ask friends to pray towards your development in those areas.