Study Material: Daniel 4:30-31
30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
I am sure that most people have never heard of Garankuwa, South Africa…..it is not as popular as Durban, Capetown, Johannesburg or Pretoria; but it has certainly come into global view over the last year. In January 2014, Pastor Lesego Daniel of Garankuwa made his congregation eat grass to be closer to God. At his instruction, members of Rabboni Centre Ministries not only ate grass, they laid down while other members walked on them. At the end of it, in addition to ill members, they claimed healing and changes in people’s situations. May God have mercy on us. I am not God, so I pray that every Believer will check ministerial instructions against the Word of God.
It is hard to know where Pastor Lesego got this leading, but I surely wondered if he was mixing up the story of Nebuchadnezzar. King Nebuchadnezzar was a leader who had wealth and power; but unfortunately, he mixed it with pride. He was in a very good season. Things had been going well for him, but then things changed. He was walking around the palace boasting of how he had amassed his power and wealth on his own (v30), when God spoke to him and told him that his kingdom was being taken away (v31). God told him that 7 years would pass while he would eat grass with the cows and other animals in the bush (v32). This was punishment for Nebuchadnezzar’s ingratitude to God.
To the glory of God, at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High….(v 34a). Praise the Lord. After he looked up to God, his season changed. It was not grass that made him get closer to God, but rather the struggle and pain. Sometimes our trials are as a result of our actions, but sometimes it is for God to be glorified. You do not need to eat grass to get close to God. Do not wait for trouble to get close to God. Read your Bible, pray, praise and wait in faith, and God will change your season for good.
Homework: Recite Ps 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. Say Father, I look to you to change my situation. Say Father, please do not allow the enemy to feed me grass.