Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pride Goeth Before a Fall.

Daniel 4:34 - 36

 34 At the end of that time, 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.
   His dominion is an eternal dominion;
   his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 All the peoples of the earth
   are regarded as nothing.
He does as he pleases
   with the powers of heaven
   and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand
   or say to him: “What have you done?”
 36 At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. 37 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.

The most important line in this, the fourth chapter of Daniel is the last sentence.  And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.  What a revelation that King Nebuchadnezzar found.  He who thought he was the greatest, set up idols, threw men in furnances because they didn't obey him, was made to fall farther than most of us can imagine.  He became like an animal, with no sanity, living on grass and looking like something out of a horror movie.  
King Nebuchadnezzar learned that God has dominion and can take power away and give power back.  The King of heaven did this to show him that Nebuchadnezzar is not any different than any other creation of this earth.  So if a king can turn his heart from pride to one that is humble, so can I. 
Lord, take my pride away and help me to always be humble so that all can see your glory.  

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