Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt, and glorify the King of the heavens, because all his works are true and his ways are just. He is able to humble those who walk in pride. (Daniel 4:37)
God wants us to walk in humility. This story of Nebuchadnezzar’s madness shows the seriousness of pride. God will never allow us to take credit for something God has done. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was God’s warning. If Nebuchadnezzar had taken the dream seriously and humbled himself, God would not have had to discipline him. This should teach us that none of us are exempt from the requirement to honor God. Nebuchadnezzar’s final word is a warning to everyone that “God is able to humble those who walk in pride!”
Lord, I am happy to acknowledge that every good blessing comes from you. The whole of my life is a result of your goodness. Teach me to remain humble before you and acknowledge your lordship and goodness every day.
Humility is an acknowledgment of God’s authority and lordship. Our humility is important to God because it sets us in a rightful relationship with our creator. The final lesson of this story is simple: if we are prideful, God will indeed humble us. If we remain humble, we can avoid God’s discipline. Therefore, each day we should give glory to God and acknowledge that every good blessing comes from God’s hand. A good way to do this is at the dinner table. A simple grace (a prayer before the meal) is a way of acknowledging that every good blessing, even the food on our table, comes from the Lord. Whatever way you choose, spend a few moments each day to acknowledge God’s goodness.