Moving right along, we see in chapter four that King Nebuchadnezzar is in his palace content and prosperous. While relaxing in the lap of luxury, the King has a terrifying dream. The vision he saw lying in bed was that of an enormous tree that stood in the middle of the land. The tree's top touched the sky and it was visible to the ends of the earth. The fruit was abundant and under the tree beasts found shelter. The birds of the air lived in its branches and from it every creature was fed. This was a magnificent tree and all around benefited from it. But, at some point in the King's dream he heard a loud Holy Voice demanding the tree to be cut down, branches trimmed, leaving nothing but the stump which was to be bound in iron and bronze. The Holy Voice also commanded the stump be drenched with the dew of heaven and it was to live amongst the animals, not feeding them nor providing shelter as it did before. Also, the mind of the stump (which is actually a metaphor for King Nebuchadnezzar) was changed from that of a man but given the mind of an animal still seven times pass by for him. In the dream, The Holy Voice announced this verdict so that the living will know that the Most High is Sovereign over the Kingdoms of Men and He gives them to anyone He wishes and sets over the them the lowliest of men.
As before none of the King's wise men could interpret the dream so he calls upon Daniel to do so. For a time, Daniel is perplexed and the dream's revelation terrified him. But ,Nebuchadnezzar encouraged Daniel to share its meaning. In short, the tree represented the King who had become great and strong. But, because Nebuchadnezzar had become proud and had not honored God nor given acknowledgment of Lord's Sovereignty, he would be stripped of his kingdom and be made to live amongst the animals and have the mind of them as well. Daniel pleads with the King to renounce his sins by doing right and reframe from his wickedness of being cruel to the oppressed. If the King does what the Lord commands he will remain prosperous and the kingdom will continue to flourish.
The King refuses the plea and Daniel's Dream is Fulfilled.
Summary: Material possessions, Self-Reliance, Anger, a few things that gets us in trouble. Pride keeps us there. Isaiah 2:11 states--The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. NIV
God had blessed King Nebuchadnezzar abundantly yet, after learning the power of Daniel's God, he never realized that the God of God's was responsible for his prosperity. He continued to build and pray to idol gods for his power and strength. Many of us today still think that all we have is from us working hard, putting in the time and commitment, sacrificing family time, etc. All that we do to get where we want to be is done because God's Grace allows it to be so. Nothing, absolutely nothing that we have done has given us the intellect, possessions, notarity, fame, riches, wealth, good health, etc.
Psalm 31:19 states--
How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. NLT