In our study of Daniel chapter four, we look at how pride can turn a dream into a nightmare. We are reminded that pride is what brought about the rebellion of angels and the same thing can happen with men.
"King Nebuchadnezzar, To the peoples, nations and men of every language, who live in all the world: May you prosper greatly!" NIV translation
This chapter opens with a royal proclamation from the King of Babylon. This proclamation is different and the greeting would have made the people take notice. The king, in chapter 3, was full of pride and all about self but, as we see here, he is thinking of others in wishing them prosperity.
The king begins what we will see is his testimony of what God had done in his life. The people would have known that something had happened because this man had built a statue of himself and made people bow down and worship him as a god. Now, he is prepared to tell them of the real God.
"How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation." NIV translation
It is amazing that we see this man who had been so prideful now humbling himself in worship of God Almighty.
"I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous. I had a dream that made me afraid. As I was lying in my bed, the images and visions that passed through my mind terrified me." NIV translation
Now, the king begins to tell us what caused such a dramatic change in his attitude. It started with a dream that got his attention.