Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 8:29-9:1a, Daniel 4:1-37, Ezekiel 40:1-37
Heavenly Father, the story of Nebuchadnezzar leaves me shaking my head. Did this really happen?
A mighty king goes from wealth, power, and pride in all “he” had built to a grass-eating, wild animal driven from human society. (Daniel 4)
But when I put this into a modern-day scenario, it’s something that happens all the time.
A wealthy, successful person who seems to have it all—intelligence, charisma, looks, and a beautiful family quickly builds a name for themselves and starts to believe “they” singlehandedly made it happen. As my mama says, “they get to big for their britches.” They take all the credit, want all the glory, and see themselves as unstoppable.
The stock market crashes, their business goes bankrupt, or their spouse gets fed up and leaves. They go from daily opportunities to zero opportunities. In desperation they turn to alcohol, sex, or drugs to num the pain and before You know it they’re living on the streets eating out of dumpsters–180 degrees from the person they were. It happened so fast they didn’t know what hit them.
Lord, You talk a lot about pride. You actually say you hate it.
There are six things the Lord hates—
no, seven things he detests:
a lying tongue,
hands that kill the innocent,
a heart that plots evil,
feet that race to do wrong,
a false witness who pours out lies,
a person who sows discord in a family. —Proverbs 6:16-19
Yes Lord, You hate pride but You don’t hate us. You love us and You see the potential that’s hidden below our prideful exterior. You will go to great lengths to humble us so we can we useful to Your Kingdom.
“When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored as head of my kingdom, with even greater honor than before.
“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.” —Daniel 4:36-37
Lord, thank You for putting Nebuchadnezzar’s story in Your Word. It gives us hope—anyone can change, with Your help.
Redeem our lives in spite of our prideful hearts. Help me to identify prideful areas in my life. I would rather correct them with Your help than to be sent to the pasture to eat grass for pride removal.
Make me like You Jesus.
In Your Great Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 40:38-43:27