July 7 Pride

Scripture Reading: Daniel 4

Key Verses: Psalm 73:21–22

My heart was grieved, and I was vexed in my mind. I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.

Nebuchadnezzar thought he had it all. He didn’t need God; he ruled all of Babylon, and all of its finery was at his absolute disposal.

The disturbing dream that Daniel interpreted for him had not come true; he certainly wasn’t living as an animal yet. He stood on the roof of his palace, soaking in the scenery with pleasure. He said aloud with pride: “Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built?” (Dan. 4:30 nasb).

The moment the words left his mouth, Nebuchadnezzar knew he’d gone too far. He felt himself drop to his knees. He scrambled about on all fours and ate grass like a cow. No one would come near the wild man with shaggy hair and fingernails like sharp birds’ claws.

Seven years later, at the end of the punishment period God prescribed, the king looked up at the heavens and began giving praise to God. For the once proud ruler, recognizing the truth of God’s sovereignty brought him literal freedom from his beastly affliction.

When you do not acknowledge the Lord’s right to use your life and possessions as He sees fit, God is grieved. Because He loves you, He wants you to honor Him and be submissive to His plans. The king who learned the hard way grasped a tough lesson: “His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride” (Dan. 4:37 nasb).

Precious Lord, take it—this plague of pride. I want to be set free from it because it is one of the things You hate. Let me walk humbly before You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 198). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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