The Fall of Pride

The fall of Pride

Daniel 4:34 KJV. And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

King Nebuchadnezzar knew the true God. It is fascinating that many times in the Old Testament the One, True God is known by the Kings, who by deed and word live in direct opposition to Him. In spite of their knowing, they continue in their evil and prideful ways. Notice as you read, when the King really wanted truth, he went to the guy he knew that worships the true God. He never denies that the God of Daniel is the ultimate authority.

Daniel tells the King what’s what. He clearly lays out what the dream means. In spite of the news, the King does exactly as he was warned. We are sure that the King understood what Daniel was saying. Why then, if the King knew, did he not change his attitude? Some character flaws are very difficult to overcome. We know that this King suffered from an ego overload. Imagine having that particular character flaw and that much power. See how much he could accomplish? See how much he could destroy? Think how many of God’s laws he could break and try to justify as part of his job?

The King has a relationship with Abraham’s God. This somewhat rocky relationship proves the mercy and glory of God. God loves every human. It doesn’t matter what color of skin, where you were born and raised or even your flaws. Humans are His favorite creation. Humans who have the audacity to claim there is no God have gone much further than any of these Old Testament examples. Even the worst, Ahab and Jezebel, acknowledged the God of Abraham as having ultimate authority. They didn’t serve Him, they violently rebelled against Him but they never denied His existence. 

Look at our world, today. Humans have declared, “There is no true God” and they have often been unchallenged. The extent of our pride has led us into the darkness of a death culture. We murder our innocent, contemplate euthanasia for our elderly and disabled. We dictate that God made a mistake when assigning gender, we deny God’s abhorrence of sexual relations outside of marriage and worship creation. We consider the work of our hands more than we consider Him. Yet, we blame God when things don’t go our way. Is it any wonder that the Holy Word of God ends with Revelation? God wants His people to know that even when the majority of humanity gives themselves over to evil, He is for us and we will win. Evil may seem like it is winning but it will lead to death. God wins!

Mickey Kyler

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