DEVOTION:YOU WILL COME OUT OF IT BETTER THAN EVER!
The word discipline has a negative connotation because it is not always the most pleasant experience. But as any parent or teacher knows, discipline is meant to bring out the best out the one who is being disciplined. In the same way, Our Heavenly Father disciplines us in order to bring out something good in our lives. Here is an excellent verse to keep in mind
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
In these last two verses of Daniel 4, king Nebuchadnezzar tells us what happened to him after he finished seven years of serious discipline from God. Remember this happened to him while he was still reigning as the most powerful king of the day. But after the discipline he said:
At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. Daniel 4:36-38
Notice the two things that were restored to King Nebuchadnezzar – his sanity, and his throne. But something else happened! Can you see it? Read the verses again and notice that he became even greater than before.
You see God did not mean to destroy Nebuchadnezzar. He wanted to make him better for His own glory. Nebuchadnezzar was better than before in two ways. The first one we have seen, he was even greater than before. But secondly, he was better in God’s eyes.
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble. Daniel 4:37
Can you imagine, a pagan king is now praising the God of Heaven! He became a witness for who God is. And this could not have happened if he had not gone through this tough discipline.
- Discipline is part and parcel of our Christian growth. Unfortunately, we are not always sensitive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. So we find ourselves straying away from the way or missing out on God’s will for our lives. More often than not, the only thing that forces us to turn to God is discipline.
- God’s discipline might cause you to loose all that you had achieved, but as it happened to king Nebuchadnezzar, it will happen to you too. You will gain more than you had before.
- But you must not complain about the discipline
- Ask God to teach you what He intended for the discipline to achieve.
- Be grateful that God loves you that much that He wants you to get better.
- Pay attention to two things that happened to Nebuchadnezzar: He became a worshipper of God and God restored him to his throne and made him even greater than before. Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful king of his time, so how much greatness did he gain again?
- Learn your lesson well
- Change your life in accordance to what God wants.
- Totally surrender to God.
- Has God disciplined you before? What did you learn? Are you now better than before?
- One more question: Is God getting more out of you than before?
At the same time that my sanity was restored,
My honor and splendor were returned to me
For the glory of my kingdom.
My advisers and nobles sought me out,
And I was restored to my throne
And became even greater than before.
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar,
Praise and exalt and glorify
The King of heaven
YOU WILL COME OUT OF IT BETTER THAN EVER!
Read: Daniel 4:36-37
Pastor Shadrack Rutofirstname.lastname@example.org