He was king over Babylon when Daniel was taken as a slave. As king, he walked out one night and remarked about his own success, what he had built.
In a flash, his whole world changed and he didn’t recognize himself any longer as king, but rather believed himself to be a beast of the field. His hair grew long; his nails became like claws. He ate grass and for seven years was in that senseless state.
Because he believed he was in charge. He thought his success was because of himself. He failed to understand that he was merely a caretaker, a steward of all that God had allowed him to have.
And so it is with us.
In reality, we own nothing. Everything we claim as property will one day pass on to someone else. It does not go with us into eternity. We are caretakers, not owners, and we are to be good caretakers.
Proverbs is a reminder that as stewards we take the best care of what God has entrusted to us.
“The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.” Proverbs 12:10-11
Father, thank You for allowing me to be a caretaker of what You have entrusted to me. Help me to be a faithful steward.