I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven. (Dan. 4:36–37)

YOU KNOW THE FEELING you get after you have had a falling out with a loved one? Now, think of the feeling you get after you have made amends with that same person.

In my life, I liken these times of making amends to the biblical stories of the widow who found a lost coin and the shepherd who found a lost sheep. The experience results in the return of a sense of wholeness or completeness. Though the relationship may not be exactly what it had once been, especially if much time has passed, the wound has been healed.

Nebuchadnezzar had made a poor decision that changed his entire world. However, after he recognized his mistake and looked to heaven, he was restored to his throne. And not only that, but he also became greater than he had previously been. The king had learned his lesson, and because he now gave God the glory He deserved, the king was blessed with even more. The wound was healed and the relationship restored. Nebuchadnezzar’s exaltation was the result of his dramatic change of heart. Giving God glory was the pathway to his restoration.

This is true in our lives as well. When we give God the appropriate glory, we see restoration and healing, which leads to the ability to praise the King of heaven.

Ask God to show you where you need to give Him glory.

Traver Paul Butcher is passionate about other cultures, travel, the outdoors, music, art, writing, leadership development, and introducing people to a man named Jesus.

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