Daniel, Thanksgiving

The Pride; The Fall

Daniel 4:27 – Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.

Nebuchadnezzar had paid homage to Daniel and his God after the interpretation of the first dream. He then made a decree that no-one in the land was to speak against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego following the miraculous event of the furnace. Still, the revelation of this mighty God did not penetrate through to his soul and he continued to believe that his greatest was all his own doing. He was proud of himself and all that he had built and achieved.

Whether king or commoner, everything that we have comes from God, which king David acknowledged when he prayed, “all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours… who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you” (1Chr29). Nebuchadnezzar hadn’t yet come to that realization so the Lord gave him a glimpse of his future by way of a second dream.

The dream showed a mighty tree reaching the heavens and seen across the whole earth; it provided shelter and food for everyone and everything. Then a watcher came from heaven and chopped the tree down leaving only a stump in the ground. The dream then changed to show a wild man living off the grass of the field. Daniel explained that the tree represented the king himself and depicted his current power and dominion but a time was coming when it would be cut down. The king would be driven out and would eat grass like the animals. “Therefore, O king… break off your sins by practicing righteousness…”

One year later, pride was still deeply rooted as Nebuchadnezzar proclaimed, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven,

“O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you and you shall be driven from among men until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will” (v31,32).

Pride has a habit of creeping in unnoticed and we need to be so careful that it doesn’t take root. Pride can lead to arrogance and arrogance is never seeded from love, for ‘love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.’ The apostle Paul also tells us, if you are going to boast about anything, ‘boast in the Lord’.

Give Him thanks today for every achievement, success, triumph and victory. Let His counsel be acceptable to you in all that you undertake and acknowledge His goodness, His gifts and His blessings in every area of your life.

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