Now, I Nebuchadnezzar praise, exalt, and honor the King of heaven, for all

His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.

Daniel 4: 37

 

Here are the words of one of the most accomplished men to ever walk on the face of the earth. He had empire, position, and wealth. Anything that Nebuchadnezzar commanded was done without question; also, he had been able to surround himself with splendid buildings that were monuments to his leadership and power. Still, God wanted something else from him, and the Lord continued to pursue him with a relentlessness that was even greater than King Nebuchadnezzar’s desire to build monuments. God spoke to him, He provided human testimony, and compelling examples of His might and sovereignty. Yet, Nebuchadnezzar’s pride was strong, and he continued to know who God was, but he didn’t actually know the Lord.

 

So, God humbled the great man. The Lord took him quite literally to his knees, and then the Lord forced him to depend totally on the protection of others and on the grace of God. Thus, these are the words of a man who has plummeted from the peak of his own success to the depths of living in a pasture, and who has been restored totally by God’s unending love and stunning grace. This is the story of an ancient king that applies to our world as much as it did then, and it is a story of how God continues to work in the lives of everyone regardless of station, status, or rank.

 

Throughout Nebuchadnezzar’s life, God’s people continued to serve the Lord by remaining honest, faithful, and true to their calling to serve God by serving the king. We are all called to adopt the way of the Lord here by never assuming that anyone is beyond, above, or outside of the Lord’s desire to reach them with saving truth. So, we can prepare ourselves for this type of faithful service by looking at our own issues of pride, holding them out with open hands to the Lord, and trusting His truth and justice to take them from us. As we surrender our pride, God’s grace fills us with a clearer sense of His purpose for our lives, and He leads us to people who need to be served in His name. These people may be kings or they might be the objects of that king’s wrath and derision. Still, it is our service to the Lord that presents the message of the Gospel of Christ in our world and that just might bring the arrogantly lost to the knees of grace and salvation.