At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. (Dan. 4:36)
Expanded Passage: Daniel 4:36
Through my years in construction, I was afforded opportunity to see old homes brought to restoration. It was always amazing to see how something once filled with newness, joy, and beauty could end up in such dire straits. Most often, this precipitated from a decision to neglect care. By turning a blind eye to potential issues, the homeowner allowed problems to compound and multiply. Eventually the home faded into a shell of what it once was.
Nebuchadnezzar’s immense pride didn’t develop overnight. As pride always does, it began with something seemingly insignificant and, left unchecked, its potency was multiplied. When its growth and severity had reached its pinnacle, this once-great king was brought low—left decimated, frail, and vulnerable. A shell of his former existence. At the core of every unrepentant person lays the sin of pride.
Amazingly enough, even in Nebuchadnezzar’s vulnerable state, God preserved his throne, and as a means of restoration, finally brought awakening to Nebuchadnezzar’s soul and new life to his bones. The hope and good news of God is that, even in the midst of our neglected lives and sin-filled existence, he can bring restoration and newness of life through the humility of our repentance.
Maybe today you feel too far gone. Maybe you have neglected a few areas that need attention. Whatever it may be, you can find restoration in God’s humbling grace.
Trust that God can restore even the most broken.
Aaron Golden is a church planter in North Carolina, husband to Leneé, and father to four amazing kids. You can find Aaron most often hanging with family, smoking on his Traeger grill, and boating or paddle surfing.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.