Paying the Price For Pride

I read the story of King Nebuchadnezzar often. God gave him great power and influence but he became lifted up in pride. Let’s listen in on his “self-talk” one morning:

Daniel 4:30 (NLT) As he looked out across the city, he said, ‘Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor.’

DO YOU THINK GOD WAS GOING TO LET HIM TAKE THE GLORY FOR ALL THE FAVOR HE HAD GIVEN HIM? No way! God banished him from his kingdom for 7 years of total humiliation… became insane, nails grew out like an animal, andHumility C.S. Lewis Quote graphic lost all the comforts of his kingdom.  NOW, let’s see what he had to say after that:

Daniel 4:37 (NLT) “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.”

YUP. I keep this in mind ALL THE TIME. God gives favor, influence, notoriety, talent, skills, etc. for HIS GLORY–not ours! Are you taking credit for any of your gifts, talents, or achievements? If so, just repent now… don’t wait for God to “humble” you. Never forget:  “Pride goes before destruction
and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18 NKJV).

LET GOD EXALT YOU — Don’t Self-Promote!

Nobody likes a braggart–especially God! He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. So let him exalt you. He can take you to levels of achievement you could never reach through self-effort. In seemingly impossible tasks, He will give you the agility and sure-footedness of a female deer (hind). Psalm 18:33 (AMP) declares, “He makes my feet like hinds’ feet [able to stand firmly and tread safely on paths of testing and trouble]; He sets me [securely] upon my high places.”

So, be on guard against self-promotion. Remember… humility before exaltation. Never, ever forget that whatever you have achieved to date, you did it by His grace alone.