God made King Nebuchadnezzar one of the greatest kings to rule the world. Unlike Pharaoh of Egypt whom God raised to display His power and awe (Exodus 9:16) and later destroyed in the Red Sea, King Nebuchadnezzar was a powerful pagan king with ordained purpose. God chose and empowered this world ruler to exact judgment upon His chosen people. He witnessed supernatural power through godly exiles such as Daniel but none of this ‘favor’ changed the king’s heart nor brought him to a saving revelation of God.
He had to be separated – stripped of all position, honor, power and even stripped of sanity. Although led to eat grass like an animal, King Nebuchadnezzar was covered by God, “drenched with the dew of heaven”. Appointed suffering and deprivation prepared this king to know God and proclaim God’s glory to the world. (see Daniel chapter 4)
This is not just a fantastic testimony of a world power, it is a revelation of God’s way. Our Almighty God still chooses to reveal His power and glory through frail and faulty vessels and most often to do so He separates us, strips us, and deprives us of worldly and fleshly pleasures and positions. With divine purpose, God can drive us to eat the grass of illness, deprivation, anguish, and ‘dethronements’ of all kinds.
The ‘dew of heaven’ is evident upon the lives of many believers such as Terri Nida. While fasting and seeking God’s will, she fainted with a precise fall that would leave her a quadriplegic. Separated and ‘dethroned’ from her old life, she testifies of God’s divine purpose and sustaining power in her site, Diary of a Quadriplegic. In her most recent post, To Live Is Christ, (9/29/17) she extols and praises God…
“Praise be to God for my wheelchair. I believe through this trial, he is saving my soul. I believe through this trial, he is making me whole. God is making me into the woman I always wanted to be — maybe not externally, but by leaps and bounds internally. All those years I felt sorry for myself and tried to drink my troubles away because I felt so empty inside. I’d rather be sitting in this wheelchair than sitting in a dark apartment drunk on wine. I’d rather be sitting in this wheelchair than mindlessly going to work every day wondering who I am and what is my purpose; always wanting more, more, more from my life. I’d rather be sitting in this wheelchair than living as a lost soul in this world without a relationship with God, stuck in a rut with no way out, wondering why am alive? Read whole post here: To Live Is Christ
Through whatever ‘grass’ we are compelled to eat – physical and/or emotional affliction, deprivation, grief, or loss, may we be “drenched with the dew of heaven” – God’s presence and favor – and find encouragement by trusting in God’s sovereignty over every detail of the appointed affliction. I pray that the Lord reveal Himself in greater measure, refilling us with the joy of His divine purpose.
Before He answers let us “acknowledge that Heaven rules”.