Scripture: Daniel 3-4, Psalm 81, Revelation 17
Daniel 4:37 “And now, I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, honor, and glorify the King of Heaven. Everything he does is right and just, and he can humble anyone who acts proudly.”
This is the punch line to the story of King Nebuchadnezzar losing his mind for 7 years: God can humble anyone who acts proudly.
The king was incredibly powerful and had grown very proud. “Look how great Babylon is! I built it as my capital city to display my power and might, my glory and majesty.” I, my, my, my. The king was all wrapped up in himself. It’s easy to do—especially if you’re successful.
All through the Bible, God warns against pride. C.S. Lewis considered it “the Great Sin, the essential vice, the utmost evil.” Lewis wrote, “Pride leads to every other vice; it is the complete anti-God state of mind.” Perhaps this is why Peter wrote, “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’” (1 Peter 5:5)
God opposes the proud. It’s a military word that was used of organizing an army to fight an opponent. Imagine God arraying His forces against you and declaring war on you! God opposes the proud.
King Nebuchadnezzar experienced that. God can humble anyone who acts proudly. Better to “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6)
Prayer: Lord, I recognize that I can be proud. I confess that and ask You to forgive me. I choose to humble myself rather than forcing you to humble me!