The king spoke, and said, “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?” While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, ‘O king Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from you.’ (Dan.4:30,31)

“But he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave ME a young goat, that I might celebrate with MY friends.” (Lk. 15:29) 

Ever wondered what King Nebuchadnezzar & “the elder brother” had in common? It’s quite simple … and you and I face this same danger on a daily basis! They had an “eye” problem … oh excuse me … an “I” problem. Oh, may I never forget that “Hero … to zero … is a quick trip!”

The king had been warned a year earlier to “break off his sins & iniquities by righteousness” and it appears he did … for 12 months! But then, he began to look around and take PRIDE in all that HE HAD DONE! Hence, the “I” problem … I, me, my! The elder brother did the same thing … look again at his words … I, me, my. We are SO prone to exalt ourselves rather than to humble ourselves (the first key to REVIVAL according to God in II Chr.7:14). Ever stop & listen to your words? Are they filled with “I” … “me” … “my?” After all, I have it on a good authority that “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” This is SO SCARY to me!

Remember the words of wisdom, “Pride goes before destruction & a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Pro.16:18) It just doesn’t take long for me to get my eyes off Jesus & others … and on to myself. There is the downfall, because in spite of what our present society says friend … IT IS NOT ALL ABOUT YOU … or me! How empty, the life that lives by the philosophy of “me first!” Oh Lord, please keep me alert to the chronic temptation of PRIDE in my life, for it is inevitably my constant nemesis. I find myself, as did Martin Luther, who stated, “I fear more than the Pope himself and all the priests of Rome, the pope called “SELF!”

This story does however have a “happy ending” at least for King Nebuchadnezzar! After seven years of eating grass like an ox, having wetness cover his body like the dew of heaven, his hair grow as long as eagle’s feathers and his fingernails grow like claws of a bird … he came to his senses (repented), lifted up his eyes to the heavens, his understanding returned (put him back in his place) and he openly declared for the entire world in the Babylonian empire WHO the real God of heaven was and honored and praised HIM! Read it for yourself in verses 34-37 of Daniel 4. Look at his last statement: “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and THOSE THAT WALK IN PRIDE … He is able to abase.”

Thank You Lord for this painful, yet all too true statement … and somehow Lord, keep my eyes open and my heart tender to MY NEED in this warning.

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