We are coming to the close of another book in our reading as we prepare to enter the famously heavy book of Job starting tomorrow. Before we do that however, we are given the end of a life that has been spent oppressing God's chosen nation. And it's a beautiful ending. King Nebuchadnezzar suffers a time of temporary insanity at the hand of God that ultimately humbles him and brings him to a point of salvation. But it's his final statement that I want to spend just a minute of reflection on today.
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.
This is quite the statement by itself, but even more so coming from Nebuchadnezzar. His pride in his own accomplishments were well recorded as he refused credit to a God that was working all around him.
Pride is an emotion that nearly all of us have struggled with at some level. Some more than others. For me, it's something that have to consciously check on an almost daily basis. As the founder of what has become the largest Christian music site online, I'm constantly presented with opportunities to take full credit. But I know that if I allow the accomplishments to pile up, if I welcome the praises from labels, artists and management, if I celebrate the record breaking traffic, and increases in sales and so on...WITHOUT giving all deserved credit to God...pride will build and overshadow the work God wants to do within and through NewReleaseTuesday.com.
Pride is something I struggle with all the time. But I'm thankful for a God that keeps me humble. Granted, he hasn't had to turn me into a grass-munching crazy person to keep me in that place of humility...yet...but I'm well aware that at any time, I could easily push Him out of the driver's seat and proclaim, "Move on over. I've got this."
So I pray for humility. And I have those around me pray that we, as a team, will have humility. Because I know that is something God can provide. And it's exciting to read that in scripture.
As I read today's passage, Nebuchadnezzar's final statement is one that I will be printing out and reciting frequently. I would encourage you to do this too!
Now I, Kevin McNeese, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.