TRANSFORMING GRACE

Scripture Reading: Daniel 4:1-3

“It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me. How great are His signs, how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion endures from generation to generation.” (Daniel 4:2,3)

These are the words of King Nebuchadnezzar. A great change had taken place in his life. From being a persecutor of God’s people, he now became a witness to the one true God. How did this change happen? The only answer is the transforming grace of God.

Daniel, Shadrach, Meschah, and Abednego had been faithful witnesses to the king. All four of these men pointed the king to the one, true God in heaven. They gave God credit for all their accomplishments. In addition to their witness, the king mentioned “the signs and wonders” of God. The events that took place in chapter four came soon after the miraculous deliverance of Shadrach, Meschah, and Abednego from the fiery furnace. When the king saw that “the fire had not any power over the bodies of those men” and that “the hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed and no smell of fire had come upon them” (3:27), he began to praise the God of these men — “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants, who trusted in Him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God” (3:29).

The king had witnessed the faith of Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego. He had seen how these men trusted their God, even being willing to put their lives in jeopardy in order to honor their God. The king had also witnessed the miracle of the fourth man who came to rescue the men. All these things were part of God’s work in the life of King Nebuchadnezzar.

But these things were not enough. The king had to be humbled. God was not finished with him yet. Remember — “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion” (Philippians 1:6). The opening words of chapter four begin at the end of the story. We will see how the heavy hand of the Lord came upon the king and brought him to be a witness to the one, true God. It is the transforming grace of God that used the testimony of faithful followers, signs and wonders, and eventually dire circumstances to bring this pagan king to his knees.

Never underestimate the power of the transforming grace of God. It can change the most sinful, hardened person. It is a radical work of God in the hearts of people that brings about transformation. God’s transforming grace is at work in us now. He has not finished with us. He is making us more and more into the image of His Son.

Lord God, thank You for Your transforming grace that changed me from the inside out. Thank You for the continued work of Your grace in my life that is causing me to grow in my faith and giving me power to live my life for You.

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