‘I… lifted my eyes to Heaven, and my understanding returned to me.’ Daniel 4:34 NKJV
God always responds in love to a humble heart, and He always rejects a proud one. One moment King Nebuchadnezzar was boasting about having built the world’s most advanced civilisation. The next he’d lost his mind and was crawling on all fours, eating grass like an animal.
But when he repented (and it took him seven years to do it), God restored his mind and his throne. He said: ‘I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to Heaven, and my understanding returned to me… Now I… praise… the King of Heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.’ (Daniel 4:34–37 NKJV) To fall is bad. But to fall and not cry out for help is worse. To fall and refuse to repent of your sin is worse still.
Maybe you’re ashamed to let anyone know you’ve fallen. Is your public persona or social media mask so important that you’re willing to continue what will inevitably prove to be a pathetic deception? Do you think you can go it alone without God? Sorry, but we’ve got to be brutal here: stop being so proud! That’s what caused your fall in the first place!
Pride is dangerous because it forces you to pine needlessly in a helpless state for… well, sometimes …years. The truth is, if we ask for help quickly we can get up and move on with life. But the good news is—it’s never too late to repent and acknowledge our need of God. When Nebuchadnezzar did that, his reason and understanding returned, and he was restored to his kingdom. The same can happen for you.
SoulFood: Is 63–66, John 8:1–11, Ps 99, Prov 29:11–14
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017
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