DEVOTION:NEVER TRY THIS!
When the prophets complained to God about his chosen vessel to punish His people, God declared that Nebuchadnezzar was His chosen servant to punish the people of Judah. This message was not only given to the king of Judah, it was also sent to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon. Here is what God said about Nebuchadnezzar through His prophet Jeremiah.
This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Tell this to your masters: With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please. Now I will give all your countries into the hands of my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him. All nations will serve him and his son and his grandson until the time for his land comes; then many nations and great kings will subjugate him. Jeremiah 27:4-7
True to His word, God empowered Nebuchadnezzar so that he conquered all the kingdoms around him. God also blessed Babylon and ing Nebuchadnezzar became a very powerful king. But this power and greatness got to his head. He forgot that God is the one who built him up. He forgot that God is the one who made him this powerful. Here are the words that got him into serious problems with God.
All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” Daniel 4:28-30
Even though King Nebuchadnezzar had acknowledged that the God of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, was the most High God, he could not overcome the desire to be god himself or to compete with God’s greatness. Here is God’s decree for him after he made this declaration about himself in regards to his kingdom and his palace.
Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes. Daniel 4:31-32
And God immediately executed this punishment.
Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird. Daniel 4:33
Now, take note of what Nebuchadnezzar said about God in his confession after seven years.
At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”Daniel 4:34-35
If there is one thing that God does not do, He does not share His glory with anyone. He said He is a jealous God in regards to His glory. In our contemporary language, Nebuchadnezzar crossed the line. As a result, God displayed His no nonsense response to king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.
- All mankind, Christians and non-Christians alike, have experienced or benefited from God’s grace and goodness. The truth is we breathe and move because of God. The mistake mankind makes is to forget the role of God in their lives. We begin to credit fair circumstances or fortunes for our well being or material blessings.
- We need to learn to give God the glory for anything good that has happened in our lives. And like Joseph in Egypt, even things that seem painful today will prove tomorrow to be a blessing in our lives.
- Is there anything in your life for which you have not given credit to God? Is there any accomplishment for which you have given yourself credit forinstead of giving glory to God? Write down these blessings and confess your failure to give glory to God, then begin giving Him credit for all that He has done/does in your life today.
You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. Deuteronomy 8:17-18
- Why do you think that human beings are ever tempted to take the credit away from God?
Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof
Of the royal palace of Babylon, he said,
“Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence?
By my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”
NEVER TRY THIS!
Read: Daniel 4:19-30
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