Daniel Fast Day 29
Reading: Daniel 4:28-37
Everything God does is right,
and he does it the right way.
He knows how to turn a proud person
into a humble man or woman.” (v 37 msg)
“I wish this dream was meant for your enemies instead of for you,” Daniel told the king before he explained the meaning of his dream (v 19).
But the dream did come true, just as Daniel predicted. The king lost his mind. His huge ego dissolved in a complete mental and emotional collapse. He could no longer live with other people. He lived like an animal, with long, dirty hair and untrimmed fingernails. He ate grass like a cow.
After seven long years the king regained his sanity and returned to the palace. “When my sanity returned, my honor, my majesty, and the glory of my kingdom were given back to me. My officials and my noblemen welcomed me, and I was given back my royal power with even greater honor than before” (v 36 tev).
Now the king gave honor to God instead of grasping it for himself. “I praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven!”
The Daniel Fast humbles us, softens our pride as we struggle with our hungers and desires, our attitudes and addictions. We lift our eyes to the God of heaven, recognizing our complete dependence on him.
God, I am weak and needy.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die. (Augustus M. Toplady, 1776)
© 2014 Nate Showalter