This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king: That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
Pride is dangerous. It fills the heart with a false sense of security. The proud person comes to believe that they are the authority in all matters, no matter the subject. So, they rely solely upon self, refuse advice of others, and arrogantly press forward, certain of their success. What they forget is that pride leads to destruction.
We have before us an example of pride at its height, and the power of God to reduce the proud through humility.
King Nebuchadnezzar’s military endeavors were complete, the kingdom was secure, and Babylon was the center of commerce. All was well. And the king was sure it was due to his power and ability. As the king considered his kingdom his boasting heart overflowed with pride.
The arrogance was short lived. The LORD humbled the proud king and opened his eyes to the truth.
God is the Most High
King Nebuchadnezzar was not the supreme ruler he believed himself to be. There was a King above him. The LORD.
In his humility Nebuchadnezzar was reminded that he was a man, a filthy and weak man. What a sight! The once proud king crawled over the ground as a beast. It became clear that his tremendous success was due to God’s kindness, not his worldly power. It was the LORD that allowed the king to prosper and it was the LORD that took it all away from him.
There is nothing wrong with success. It is good to work hard and accomplish much. But you must remember that your prosperity is due to God’s grace. It is the LORD that allows you to succeed. Because of this, be grateful to God and let Him receive the glory for your blessings.
God Rules on Earth
The proud ruler discovered that there was another, with much greater power than he had, making decisions on earth. The LORD.
Stripped of all his power, arrogant Nebuchadnezzar was reduced to the lowest form of human being, a man that acted as a beast. Living only for the desires of his flesh. Acting in the moment with no thought to the consequences. Yes, Nebuchadnezzar remained a man, but he did not act like one. Without God’s grace upon his life, the king lived as an animal.
During this time the king issued no decrees. There were no plans formed in his mind or laws issued from his lips. He lost all of his decision-making ability when the LORD humbled his heart. The mighty ruler had become the lowest in the kingdom. Not even a servant took commands from the lowly king. Humility opened up the king’s eyes to his limitations.
You have been given the power to choose. Praise God for this! Thank the LORD for freedom to make decisions. Yet, it must not be forgotten that the LORD remains the supreme ruler of this world and maintains the authority to override your determinations. This is not done to produce pain or sorrow but to carry out His will in your life. With this in mind, yield to God’s authority and follow His direction.
God Does Whatever He Desires
King Nebuchadnezzar was a man of great authority. He possessed a kingdom that spread far and wide, a mighty army at his disposal, and a multitude of servants ready to fulfill his commands. It’s safe to conclude, that after all his success, the arrogant king came to believe his power was unlimited. He was greatly mistaken. The LORD alone possesses the power to do whatever He determines.
This was more than evident the day the king lost the kingdom. The LORD did not consult Nebuchadnezzar before stripping him of his power. No meetings took place between the two. The proud king was not asked for his opinion and was given no say in the matter. God determined to humble the king’s heart and it was done. Mighty King Nebuchadnezzar stood powerless before the LORD.
There is no person on earth with power to frustrate or change God’s plans. You can be sure that God will bring to pass whatever He determines. Look to the LORD for strength.
One reason pride is dangerous is because it’s deceptive. Pride can creep into the heart without notice. It’s so easy to believe we are the reason for our success, even in the smallest of matters.
When pride makes it’s way into the heart it will soon take over. You must guard your heart from pride. How? Remember that God is the Most High, God rules on earth, and God does whatever He desires.