Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement…
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). King Nebuchadnezzar uttered a proud thought and his punishment was temporary insanity and seven years away from the Babylonian throne. According to the prophet Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30). God was displeased with the proud comment and removed him from his royal position (Daniel 4:31-33). Some Bible commentaries described him as being insane during the period.
After seven years, King Nebuchadnezzar’s sanity returned and he was restored to his position. He said, “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble” (Daniel 4:37). King Nebuchadnezzar learned humility through disgrace. This is not the preferred method but the lesson was well learned. God was so pleased with his change of heart that he made him greater than before his fall. When we are humble God lifts us up.
The Bible encourages us to have a realistic view of ourselves. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you” (Romans 12:3). God loves us very much but He hates pride. A haughty spirit does not reflect the Image of his Son, Jesus Christ. The wonderful news is that, He does not execute judgment or discipline us without a warning. He cautioned King Nebuchadnezzar twelve months before he was punished (Daniel 4:24-27), hoping that he would repent and serve him faithfully.
Today, God sees your pride and is displeased. As a result, He is giving you a warning, “My child, submit your pride to me and I will help you embrace humility. You consider yourself more important than others. You have exalted yourself above me your Creator, and enjoy when people worship you, although my Word says, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only’ (Luke 4:8). I know the underlying issues associated with your pride which include low self-esteem and a desire to feel worthwhile. I am the great problem solver. Give me your pride and I will make you whole. You can only experience the abundance of my blessings when you humble yourself under my mighty hand.”