Still, years later, Neb seems to have forgotten his own proclamation. He has a terrible dream which Daniel translates as basically this: You're going to go completely nuts in the head and live out in the wilderness, eating grass and being soaked with dew, until you acknowledge that God is God over all the kings of the earth.
Not exactly great news, huh?
But King Neb totally ignored the message. God gave him a year to repent of his terrible pride. But as he's walking on the roof of his palace he proclaims "“Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?"
A second later, God struck him down with madness and drove him away from the city.
Why do I tell you all this? Because God had a plan. And that plan including saving good ole King Neb for all eternity. Talk about your stubborn cases!! It took 7 years to get every ounce of pride out of him, but finally after living like a crazy homeless person all that time, King Neb finally humbled himself and praised God, giving the glory to God for everything.
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
Do you know someone, a loved one or friend perhaps, who is stubbornly resisting God? Who won't listen to you when you talk about the Lord, who maybe even laughs, or worse, who has cut off the relationship because of it? Are you praying for someone who seems so lost and so stubborn that they will never see the light? Then perhaps Neb's story will bring you hope.
Believe me, when God decides to save someone, He goes to GREAT lengths to open that person's eyes. In this case, extreme lengths! LOL. But he got Neb, and we have no idea how many other people in that kingdom came to know God and are in heaven now because King Nebuchadnezzar finally submitted to God.
My husband was very much like King Neb. For years I prayed, I fasted, I tried to convince him about God. But he wouldn't listen. Finally when I was nearly ready to give up, God showed up in a HUGE way. He gave my husband an experience similar to the one he gave Saul of Tarsus, who became Paul. Someday I'll share the story. But for now. Keep praying, Keep believing. God is a HUGE God.
And He can save anyone!