My, Devotion to Him #249
“I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.”
God loves a humble heart and He responds in love to a humble heart. But He does not like a proud heart nor does He respond well to it. At one time King Nebuchadnezzar boasted often. He was proud and prideful about the fact that he had built the world’s most advanced civilization in that day. He was in control over most likely the most powerful and dominate empire at that time. Then God humbled this king. He lost his sanity and lived like an animal for seven years! He repented and was restored back to his throne.
“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.”
Another translation says “he is able to put down.”
The humbling is bad enough in his case. But then to refuse to repent for seven years is to me even worse because it shows how stubborn and prideful we can still be even in a time of correction. Maybe you have fallen but you’re ashamed to let anyone know. But can our image be that important? Is it so important that we would rather go on in our current state? Are we that deceived by our pride that we can’t see we need God? We need to STOP being so prideful, boastful, and proud. I mean that is what caused the fall in the first place. Why continue in the same direction?
Pride is one of the most DANGEROUS things ever! Because it forces us to be in a weaken state in which we decay and decline spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. We become something else. Pride will take over your whole self for days, weeks, months or years. Another reason pride is so dangerous is because it actually is one of the most aggressive things out there. It will not let go of you without a fight. But when your team member is God the fight is not yours alone.
When Nebuchadnezzar had enough of his state of decay and decline he repented and acknowledged his need for God and was restored. If God brought this king out of the dumps then He can bring you out also. Take that step and let’s humble ourselves.
Interesting find: Saddam Huessin thought of himself as the reincarnation of King Nebuchadnezzar. He started to have Babylon rebuilt (which we all know that things did not end well for Saddam.)
Take heed. Pride will always come before a fall but the humble shall be restored and rewarded by God.
- Daniel 4:34
- Daniel 4:37
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