Don’t think that because you have momentum in your sin that you are safe. That pride you are hanging onto? Let it go. That idea that God isn’t in control and that you are earning your success and greatness? Let it go. Those who walk in pride God is able to humble…
4 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous. 5 I had a dream that made me afraid. As I was lying in bed, the images and visions that passed through my mind terrified me.
18 “This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me what it means, for none of the wise men in my kingdom can interpret it for me. But you can, because the spirit of the holy gods is in you.”
Belteshazzar answered, “My lord, if only the dream applied to your enemies and its meaning to your adversaries! 20 The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, with its top touching the sky, visible to the whole earth, 21 with beautiful leaves and abundant fruit, providing food for all, giving shelter to the wild animals, and having nesting places in its branches for the birds— 22 Your Majesty, you are that tree!
24 “This is the interpretation, Your Majesty, and this is the decree the Most High has issued against my lord the king: 25 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox and be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes. 26 The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules. 27 Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.”
Daniel 4:4-5, 18, 19-22, 24-27
After this prophecy came true in the life of Nebuchadnezzar, and after he lived among animals, surrendered to God, and then was restored, he said, “Those who walk in pride he is able to humble,” (Daniel 4:37). Who better to tell us that than a king who had been humbled from his pride and then restored?
Do you think God still works this way? There are people in the New Testament whom God gives over to their wickedness in order to teach them lessons and humble them (1Corinthians 5:5, 1Timothy 1:20). It appears that we ought not think that we are immune to such consequences.
For the king, he was to acknowledge that God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes, and that Heaven rules. As soon as he was ready to admit these things, he would be restored. This isn’t lip service, by the way. King Nebuchadnezzar went mad and lived with animals. He didn’t just say these things – he realized through experience that these things were true.
Daniel’s advice to him was clear: “Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.” He didn’t take Daniel’s advice.
Consider this as your advice toady. Consider this your warning from God. Forget Nebuchadnezzar and look in the mirror. That pride you are hanging onto? Let it go. That idea that God isn’t in control and that you are earning your success and greatness? Let it go.
Those who walk in pride God is able to humble.
The king ignored the warning and 12 months later, God made his move. Don’t think that because you have momentum in your sin that you are safe. God obviously isn’t going to do anything to me… I have been living this way for years and there are no consequences.
The king shared your thoughts. And then he lived in the wild as a madman.
The time to humble yourself in reverence before God is now. God, speak into my life to show me my prideful and wicked ways, and give me the resolve to make changes today…