Have you ever received a promise from the Lord? Of course, you have. Anyone who has read the Bible can see it’s filled with many promises for each of us. Be assured God keeps all of His promises.
Twelve months later he was taking a walk on the flat roof of the royal palace in Babylon.” Daniel 4:29
This verse referred to a year after King Nebuchadnezzar heard the interpretation of a dream he had. The king had called upon Daniel to give that interpretation.
Upon hearing this, Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) was overcome for a time, frightened by the meaning of the dream. Then the king said to him, Belteshazzar, don’t be alarmed by the dream and what it means. Daniel 4:19
Daniel’s interpretation contained only a partially positive message for the king. But since Daniel trusted God, he gave the king its message. He told him . . .
“You will be driven from human society, and you will live in the fields with the wild animals. You will eat grass like a cow, and you will be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven years will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses.” Daniel 4:25
Have there been there times when God has spoken to your heart? You knew without a shadow of a doubt that He had laid a message on your heart.
What happens though when what God said doesn’t occur right away? The message begins to fade away and eventually forgotten.
God’s Message Began to Fade
The king obviously had confidence in Daniel’s abilities. But the message of his interpretation may have started to fade away. Especially the warning Daniel offered him.
King Nebuchadnezzar, please accept my advice. Stop sinning and do what is right. Break from your wicked past and be merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper. Daniel 4:27
What Daniel told him didn’t happen the next day, the next week, or even the next month. It took an entire year for the king to forget God’s warning and focus on himself.
During the king’s walk, he looked out over the city and said the following words.
Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor. Daniel 4:30
With these words still in his mouth, God personally reminded him of the message of his dream. King Nebuchadnezzar’s life immediately changed for the next seven years.
- That same hour the judgment was fulfilled,
- Nebuchadnezzar was driven from human society.
- He ate grass like a cow,
- And he was drenched with the dew of heaven.
- He lived this way until his hair was as long as eagles’ feathers
- And his nails were like birds’ claws. Daniel 4:33
God Keeps His Promises to Us
God speaks to us mainly through His Word. His promises are scattered throughout the Old and New Testaments, and God keeps every one of them. Promises like the following.
- God is always with us. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
- He designed us for a purpose. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
- God loves us deeply, no matter what. Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39
- He gave us power for our lives. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
- The Lord gives us wisdom. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5
- God promises us abundant life. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
I have put together an eBook of 5 promises written in the Psalms. You can receive a free copy called Promises of God from the Psalms.
Let’s finish the story we started in the Book of Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar spent the next 7 years living like an animal out in the fields.
Verse 34 says that his sanity returned to him. Then the last verse in this chapter recorded for us the king’s testimony.
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud. Daniel 4:37
The bottom line is, that the Lord is on your side. When God makes promises though, He keeps them. Take Daniel’s advice, Stop sinning and do what is right.
When God says something will happen, it will happen. It may not be tomorrow or next week, nor next month or even 5 years from now. But He is always true to His Word.
Just one more thing to keep in mind. Jesus is coming back again, that’s a promise He will fulfill. But remember, only those who accept Him will go to heaven with Him.
Lord, sometimes our memories conveniently forget messages and warnings issued to us. Thank you for your Word and the Holy Spirit to keep us on the right track.
Check out these other related Posts on the promises of God.
- How to Trust God in Difficult Circumstances
- God Will Pour His Holy Spirit Upon All People
- Are You Living Under The Shadow Of His Wings
Take a look at the entire chapter of Daniel 4.
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