The Leader's Transformation: Daniel 4
Daniel 4 is a royal letter from Nebuchadnezzar, explaining this most decisive decade in his life. Verses 1-3 are introductory and occur chronologically at the end of this chapter. How would you describe Nebuchadnezzar and his attitude toward God and people? (1-3)
What is the state of his kingdom at the beginning of this decade? (1-4,22,30)
What is the state of Nebuchadnezzar's personal life at this time? (4-5,27-30) Who or what was his focus?
To whom did Nebuchadnezzar turn for help? Why? (6-9,18)
In what ways do you see God's grace and Daniel's graciousness? (19-27)
- Peter 5:5 says, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Contrast the results of Nebuchadnezzar's pride (28-33) with those of his humbling (34-37).
What do you observe about Nebuchadnezzar's spiritual pilgrimage?
- 4:34-37 (4:17)
Summarize the principles of leadership indicated in this study.
- From Daniel:
- From Nebuchadnezzar:
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13