Scripture Reading: Daniel 4:34-37
“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the king of heaven, for all His works are right and His ways are just, and those who walk in pride He is able to humble.” (Daniel 4:37)
God had been at work in King Nebuchadnezzar’s life. He used the faithful witness of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He also used signs and wonders to impact the king’s life. But the greatest work of God was yet to come. Nebuchadnezzar experienced the heavy hand of God upon him that eventually led to his brokenness.
The king had a dream about a great tree that grew and became strong. The top of the tree reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth (vs. 10-12). In the dream, the king saw a heavenly being come down who ordered the tree to be chopped down (vs. 13-15). A stump was left but its mind was changed from a man’s to that of a beast for a specified time (vs. 16,17).
The king called on Daniel to interpret the dream. Daniel revealed that the tree represented the king. He would be driven from among men and his dwelling would be with the beasts of the field. He would be made to eat grass like an ox and would lose his mind (vs. 24-26).
One day when Nebuchadnezzar was caught up in his pride as he looked upon his great city, “all this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar” (v. 28). A voice from heaven said, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field” (vs. 31,32). The king “was driven from among men and ate like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles feathers, and his nails were like bird’s claws” (v. 33).
The greatest and most powerful man on earth at that time was brought to his knees. God humbled him greatly. When he was restored, the king’s testimony was — “Those who walk in pride He is able to humble.”
God will not let His children be overcome with pride. He loves us too much to let us think too highly of ourselves. He is able to humble those who walk in pride. “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (I Peter 5:5). When we choose to walk in pride, God’s heavy hand will come upon us. When He brings us to brokenness, we will experience His transforming grace in a powerful way.
Lord God, You are able to humble me when I walk in pride. I have experienced Your heavy hand at work in my life. Keep me in the way of brokenness and let me experience Your grace in new ways. I know that You want me to have a broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17). “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).
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