December 18. 2013
We like the term “pride”. In America especially, pride is considered a good thing. We are proud of being proud. We strut. Our culture is saturated with such references. *
Pride is anathema to God.
God gave a requirement to Nebuchadnezzar, a mighty human sovereign. Nebuchadnezzar was greatly impressed with himself. His ability and achievements were stellar. He got into trouble by ignoring, or failing to recognize, the source of his abilities. God’s requirement was simple: to acknowledge – simply acknowledge – that heaven rules. Nebuchadnezzar, who surely would have signed the Humanist Manifesto had he the opportunity, declined this clear warning from Daniel.
You will be driven away from people to live with the wild animals. You will feed on grass like cattle and be drenched with dew from the sky for seven periods of time, until you acknowledge that the Most High is ruler over the kingdom of men, and He gives it to anyone He wants. As for the command to leave the tree’s stump with its roots, your kingdom will be restored to you as soon as you acknowledge that Heaven rules. Dan 4:25-26
Why is that so hard for us? Evidence abounds. Man is not the ultimate power. We don’t give up our illusions readily, though. We like them. It feels good to believe deception and falsehood, when it makes us feel more important and powerful than we are.
Did you know that God says He opposes the proud? Here is one thing I know: I do not want the Maker of the Universe opposing me.
It is better to voluntarily humble yourself than to encounter God’s means of making you humble.
- The Problem With Pride – Daniel 4:37 (stevesbiblemeditations.com)
- How the Mighty Have Fallen! – Daniel 4 (hillsbiblechurch.org)
- Can’t Spell Humiliation without (most of) Humility (chesedhproject.wordpress.com)