After Daniel served King Nebuchadnezzar for many years, he was called upon again at age 50 to interpret a new dream troubling Nebuchadnezzar. The interpretation was that if the King didn’t turn to God, he would suffer significantly for seven years. Nebuchadnezzar refused Daniel’s interpretation and counsel, which immediately initiated the worst seven years of his life. Finally, Nebuchadnezzar came to his senses and repented at the end. When he does, his kingdom is returned to him, but he is a new person, one who honors God as never before. Sometimes in life, you will run across those who seemingly will never turn to God. As Daniel did with Nebuchadnezzar, tell them the truth about themselves and what they need to do with God. Then continue to pray for them, and don’t be surprised if God doesn’t make their lives miserable until they change their hearts toward Him. But, when they do, be there to rejoice with them.
Daniel 4:4-5,8, 25,28,34,36 “I, Nebuchadnezzar, saw a dream, and it made me fearful.” So Daniel came and related the dream saying, “You will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place is with the beasts of the field, and you be given grass to eat like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven for seven years until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes. All this happened to Nebuchadnezzar. But at the end of the seven years, Nebuchadnezzar raised his eyes toward heaven and blessed, praised, and honored the Most High. Nebuchadnezzar was then reestablished in his sovereignty, praising God for it all.