Scripture Reading: Daniel 4:34-37
“At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored Him who lives forever.” (Daniel 4:34)
A verse came to mind as I was reading about the restoration of King Nebuchadnezzar — “Humble yourselves, therefore under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you” (I Peter 5:6). God calls us to a life of humility, following the example of our Savior (Philippians 2:5-8). Jesus did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Instead He humbled himself and took on the nature of a servant.
Nebuchadnezzar failed to humble himself before God. Therefore, God’s heavy hand came upon Him — “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (I Peter 5:5). God took away everything from the king, even his mind. He lived like a wild beast for a period of time. The greatest king in the world at that time was brought to brokenness. It was then that the king acknowledged who God was. His life was changed and he was restored.
All of us wrestle with pride. When we recognize pride in our lives, we must deal with it quickly. We must repent of it and humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand. As we do this, God will restore us and bless us. God loves us too much to let us live with the sin of pride. His hand may be heavy upon us at times. Remember what King Nebuchadnezzar said, “Those who walk in pride He is able to humble” (v. 37).
With any sin, God calls us to repentance. “I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin” (Psalm 32:5). God’s hand had been heavy upon David because of his sins. David cried out to the Lord, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit” (Psalm 51:12). God restored David and brought joy back into his life. David came to realize what God really wanted from him — “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise” (Psalm 51:16).
Lord God, thank You for Your steadfast love. Thank You that You grant forgiveness and restoration to me when I fall on my spiritual face. Thank You for the sacrifice of Your Son that enabled me to be in a right relationship with You. Thank You for the sweet times of restoration when I repent of my sins. Keep me broken before You, my Savior and my Lord.