Daniel 4:1-36 (NKJV)
King Nebuchadnezzar esteemed Daniel highly as having the indwelling of the “Spirit of the Holy God” (the doctrine of the Trinity) who could interpret dreams that others could not therefore, he made it a point to always ask Daniel to interpret his dreams and visions. The king had a second dream that pictured a tree which was explained by Daniel to represent the king. After interpreting the dream, Daniel gave the king some sound advice that he hoped would be acceptable. One would say that Daniel was giving him feedback regarding his arrogant pride, conduct, and actions. The feedback or advice was to lead the king to repentance of his sins by breaking away from his inequities and showing mercy to the poor and being righteous. Daniel expressed to the king if he would follow his advice his time of prosperity may be lengthened.
The dream represented something more serious which Daniel had explained in his interpretation. Apparently, a year later the king had not changed and was exalting himself. Matthew 23:12 informs the reader that those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. In the midst of king Nebuchadnezzar exalting himself, God spoke to him and made a not so pleasant decree (related to the dream) in that the king would realize in time that God rules the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever, he chooses. After the dream’s negative fulfillment and King Nebuchadnezzar humbling experience, he reasoned and understood who holds all the power and honor in the kingdom. Then he praised and extolled God as eternally sovereign and omnipotent of all the universe. In addition, King Nebuchadnezzar learned that God has the power and capability of humbling those who walk pridefully, His ways are just, and works are truth. God humbled King Nebuchadnezzar before exalting him again for a helpful and holy purpose.
Moral of the Story: Be attentive to your dreams, reflect on God’s word and feedback, be righteous in your doings, show mercy to the poor, understand that God is sovereign, and His kingdom is everlasting, and He will give you a chance to repent before He humbles you.