When God wants to humble a man, He knows exactly how to do it. King Nebuchadnezzar had impressive credentials. He never lost a battle. He designed and built up the city of Babylon until it was the largest city in the world at the time. Nothing surpassed Babylon in magnificence . . . except Nebuchadnezzar’s pride.
One day, King Nebuchadnezzar strode through his palace, enamored with the opulence around him. As he gazed out the window at the beautiful architecture of his capital city, he said to himself, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?”
At that split second, the proud king discovered he was not the center of his universe. God removed his mental capacities, and he became a lunatic. Nebuchadnezzar, the king at whose word a man could either live or die, spent seven years in the fields, eating grass like the cattle whose meat he once enjoyed at his table. His nails grew like an eagle’s talons, and his hair grew like feathers. Do you think God cannot likewise humble you?
Whether we have been given much or little, it is essential that we give credit where it’s due. Everything we possess in this world comes from God. On top of that, He has put people in our paths to help us reach our present station. We must be careful lest we forget the source of those things we label, “Ours”. Otherwise, God may see fit to relinquish these blessings.
As Samuel Rutherford aptly stated, we ought to never be “proud of race, face, place, or grace”. Acknowledge your dependence upon God’s mercy and strength today. If you refuse to humble yourself, God may use a painful tumble to bring you to your senses.
God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves. — D.L. Moody
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.