This chapter of your Bible was written by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon.
He was by divine appointment the most powerful man on earth, the supreme ruler of the most powerful kingdom on earth.
We understand from the very Word of God Himself that Nebuchadnezzar was the “head of gold” in the prophetic image of his dream in Daniel 2, and the Babylonian Empire was superior to all successive human-ruled world empires (Dan. 2:38-39).
But because he was lifted up in PRIDE, the Supreme God of Heaven who had established him as the most powerful ruler on earth took from him his sanity and caused him to be driven out from his royal dwellings into the field, where he would live like a beast for 7 years!
Remember: God had made him the most powerful man on earth, the supreme ruler of the most powerful kingdom on earth.
We must never forget that our God is in control of everything that happens on this earth! There is no ruler or potentate that God cannot bring down from his lofty throne into the dust!
At the end of 7 years, Nebuchadnezzar was restored to his right mind (“my reason returned unto me”, v. 36) and made this most beautiful confession (v. 37):
“Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”
This is something we should deeply consider and take to heart!
Much like the book of Jonah, this chapter is the autobiographical journal of a man who miserably fails God and suffers the horrendous consequences of his failure. But it also shows the great and tender mercy of the supreme God of Heaven, who restored both Jonah and Nebuchadnezzar and then prompted them to write their own stories for our edification and admonition.
Pastor Tim D. Cormier