Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, and exalt and honor 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 4:37 (The Message) “And that’s why I’m singing—I, Nebuchadnezzar—singing and praising the King of Heaven: “Everything he does is right, and he does it the right way. He knows how to turn a proud person into a humble man or woman.”
Daniel 4:37 (NIV) 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 (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.”
Thoughts of Devotion:
There comes a very crucial time when people who have being thru the process of humility can teach others how they were able to go thru the process of brokenness. I believe that in occasions if we are teachable and we have open hearts and minds we will be able to avoid some of the same mistakes that others have made in their lives. I remember some time ago hearing someone say this statement, “Learn from the errors of others, to avoid from making the same ones.” What does this mean? It’s very simple, it’s necessary not only to learn from the success and the victories in the life of a person, but also understand that it is very important to learn from the defeats and failures that they have had to endure. This is with the purpose of applying this to our personal lives. Remember that we all have errors, no one is perfect, and therefore there is much to learn.
It’s these personal experiences that can help us in a practical and effective way, but also contain great lessons for us. Let’s think for a moment in an example from the Bible. When I reflected upon this principle the Holy Spirit brought the life of the great king Nebuchadnezzar to mind. The scriptures teach us that he was a very haughty and prideful king and in one occasion as he walked through his palace said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30). It was because of this haughtiness that the story teaches us how the Lord brought down his arrogance by removing him from the kingdom (v.31) The Lord also made him dwell amongst wild animals and even having him eat grass like an ox. The story continues describing how his hair grew like eagle’s feathers, and his nails like of birds (v.32-33). All this so that he would learn a lesson of humility! I firmly believe the Lord left this whole story with one purpose, “so that we would learn and not fall into the same error.”
This morning let’s pray that we will be able to be teachable and not commit the same mistakes that king Nebuchadnezzar did. His mistake cost him so much! I believe the Lord desires to protect and keep us from experimenting these great failures and crisis in our lives, if we only are humble to learn from Him. Remember, God in occasions will not speak to us audibly, but inside of our hearts through the different experiences of others. We should not forget the advice from those that God has placed over us to protect us. People like our parents, pastors and leaders with experience that when they give us direction or advice it’s only for our own good. Let’s pray that God will help us to be humble enough to never stop learning and receive from people who sincerely take interest in our well being.
Exodus 18:11 I know now that the Lord is greater than all other gods, because he rescued his people from the oppression of the proud Egyptians.
Job 40:11-12 Disperse the rage of your wrath; Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him. Look on everyone who is proud, and bring him low; Tread down the wicked in their place.
James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”