Saturday, July 22, 2017

Daniel 4:28-32 -- On Learning Humility

"All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.
At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.
The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."
Daniel 4:28-32

This is a good warning against pride.  We might not be as powerful as king Nebuchadnezzar was, but we all get similarly prideful, thinking that we are just that amazing. :)  And it doesn't mean that we aren't cool, just like the verse doesn't mean that Nebuchadnezzar was a bad king.  It just means that sometimes we think that we're the reason that everything is great, and we forget God.  Thus, the lesson.

It's okay to work hard for things, and to try to do the best we can with what we're given.  It's great to succeed.  But today, let's remember God's mercy and grace, and stop and thank Him for all that he does for us, and for the opportunities we have to be here and be able to work for things in the first place.  Let's try to find our way to humility before we end up learning it in a more difficult way.

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