The Glory Belongs to God, Not Me

The Glory Belongs to God, Not Me
Bible Passage: Daniel 4    Focal Passage: Daniel 4:4-7, 28-37

Biblical Truth: God rejects the proud and blesses the humble.

Daniel 4 reminds us that God humbles the proud and blesses the humble. Humility lets God be the boss.

Daniel 4:1-3

At first reading, it appears that Nebuchadnezzar has made a 180 degree turn, and is now giving glory to the one true God. He states that he wants to tell...about the miracles and wonders the Most High God has done for me.”  Unfortunately his lip-service is not accompanied by a true change of heart!

Daniel 4:4-7

Nebuchadnezzar's language inferred he was enjoying peace in his private life and prosperity in his public administration.

There is a difference between feeling at ease in our own self-sufficiency and being content in God's care?

Daniel 4:27-30

Verse 27 said for Nebuchadnezzar to break away (separate) from his sin. In other words, repent, turn away from his sin.

Nebuchadnezzar had indeed accomplished much in his reign. The king reflected on his personal achievement from the roof of the royal palace in Babylon. He prided himself on his accomplishments, giving himself total credit for them.

Nebuchadnezzar’s sin was not in enjoying his accomplishments but in refusing to acknowledge that everything he had came from God.

Nebuchadnezzar’s boastful question (v. 30) contained the basic foundation of human sin:

1. Pride (see many personal pronouns);

2. Boasting (coveted title of creator);

3. Power (could not imagine a force greater than his own);

4. Pleasure

Nebuchadnezzar had up to the end of 12 months to repent.

Before judging Nebuchadnezzar too harshly, is there any pride lurking in the shadows of our heart?

Daniel 4:31-33

The king elevated himself above other men (and even God). God debased him to a subhuman level—bereft of sanity and living like an animal.

God's humbling of the proud should be a warning to us?

Proverbs 16:18 says "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."

Daniel 4:34-37

This event in Nebuchadnezzar's life offers hope for all of us who have messed up and rebelled against God in various ways. It shows that when we respond correctly to God's punishment and correction, our end can be better than our beginning.

Nebuchadnezzar's worship, described in verses 34-35, was God-exalting.

Whenever we think life is all about us, we stand in danger of God's judgment.

When we come to our senses and call on Him, He is ready to heal and restore us.