PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL

Scripture Reading: Daniel 4:28-33

“At the end of twelve months, he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, and the king answered and said, ‘Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:29,30)

King Nebuchadnezzar was a proud and arrogant man. We saw his pride exhibited earlier when he had a golden image made and ordered the people to fall down and worship it. He was the most powerful person on earth at that time. He had built a great empire and a great city.

On a particular day the king stood on the roof of his royal palace looking over the city of Babylon. It was a spectacular city. The king had the hanging gardens built within the city walls for his wife who missed the mountains where she once lived. The hanging gardens was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The city was considered invincible. The outer walls were wide enough for chariots drawn by horses to pass each other on top.

King Nebuchadnezzar claimed credit for all he had done. He had his city built for his own glory — “for the glory of my majesty.” He was filled with pride. In order for him to become a follower of the Most High God, he had to be broken.

We all wrestle with pride. We begin to look at our accomplishments, possessions, positions and successes and believe all was done by our own power and wisdom. We begin to think too highly of ourselves. God has called us to a life of humility. We are to have the mind of Christ, who humbled Himself and became a servant (Philippians 2:5-8). We must remember that Christ humbled Himself to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Nebuchadnezzar was going to learn a hard lesson about pride — “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). As we will see God’s hand became heavy on the king until he became a broken man. We must always remember — “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (I Peter 5:5).

Lord, I have experienced Your heavy hand when I began to think too highly of myself. Grant me grace to have the mind of my Savior, Jesus. Enable me to live a life of humility before You and before others.

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