The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules (Daniel 4:26 NIV).
King Nebuchadnezzar is the “stump of the tree” referred to here. He was a great king who enjoyed great glory and splendor. He once had a dream in which he saw a large tree which was later cut down at the command of a heavenly messenger. Yet the stump was left standing.
Twelve months after having seen this dream King Nebuchadnezzar was driven away from his throne. He lived with the wild animals and ate grass like cattle for seven years after which he was restored to his throne. This could have been avoided had he listened to Daniel’s advice to renounce his sins. Yet, he not only did not listen to it but also became proud and arrogant in his heart which caused this judgment to fall upon him.
As we look at the pride of this king, we see that his pride was mainly based on his earthly achievements. This can also easily be our own story too, if we are not careful. In this world which believes in vainglory, it is easy to look at our achievements and become proud causing God’s judgment to fall upon us.
Yet even when that happens, God in His mercy allows “the stump of the tree with its roots” to remain. It means that God is giving you yet another opportunity to lift up your eyes to heaven. Acknowledge God even in this hour of judgment and He shall restore you. The stump shall yet again sprout and put forth leaves and grow into a tall tree. But it shall never again be proud of its height!