A Change of Attitude

…who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?

Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?  They answered and said unto the king, O king.  He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.  Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither…

Daniel 3:15b, 24-26a

We looked the other day at King Nebuchadnezzar’s pride.  He demanded to be worshipped as a god.  And, when he wasn’t, he was enraged at the Hebrews men who had defied him.  And we saw how he pridefully asked “who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands.”  Well…

After throwing these men into the fiery furnace, Nebuchadnezzar saw “that God that shall deliver you out of my hands.”  He saw that God with his own two eyes.  And what a change it brought about in his attitude.  In verse 15, he was demanding to be worshipped as a god himself and was mocking the true God of these Hebrews.  In verse 26, he speaks to Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego as being “servants of the most high God.”

Suddenly, after seeing God and seeing His deliverance, Nebuchadnezzar realized that it was not he who should be worshipped, but the God of Israel.  Seeing the Lord should (and does) bring about a change in our attitude.  When we come face to face with Him, we realize that He is the most high, not us.  A pagan king of Babylon was able to realize this; how often do we fight that fact?  How often do we fight the fact that we are not the “most high?”  That’s a tough question.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben
    “Seeing the Lord should (and does) bring about a change in our attitude.”
    This reminds me of Isaiah 6:1 … sometimes life blocks our views but I do agree, when we see Him, our attitude should change!

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • I love Isaiah 6:1! I’m thinking about doing a series on the verses where people literally saw the Lord and what their reactions were. I think it would be interesting.

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  2. Ben, I apologize for not knowing where this verse is at in the Old Testament nor do I have it memorized . . .but it spoke of how the Israelites were to come into the temple by one gate to worship and then leave by another. And it spoke to me that we should never leave worshiping God the same way we came. It should change us. Just like when Nebuchadnezzar saw God and was changed.
    Thank you, Ben, and God bless you as you acknowledge the Most High in your life!

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    • That’s great- I will have to look that verse up. I knew that they used different gates for different things, but I hadn’t put that together before. Great stuff! Thanks!

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