Love Over Ego, Part 4: Humility Over Shame

In Daniel Chapter 4 Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a great tree that shelters the whole world, but in his dream an angelic “watcher” appears and decrees that the tree must be cut down and that for seven years he, Nebuchadnezzar, will have his human mind taken away and will eat grass like an ox. This comes to pass, and at the end of his punishment Nebuchadnezzar praises God.

There is a well know saying, “Pride goes before a fall.” We see this played out in the life of Nebuchadnezzar. He is warned in a dream of his fall from power but continues to see the strength and size of the kingdom of Babylon as a reflection of his own greatness and strength. It is all about him. He is driven from his kingdom and lives as an animal for seven years until he awakens from the drunkenness of his pride and recognizes God as the source of all that is good. The Lord’s goal is that we may live forever in a state of happiness. This can’t happen if we are full of ourselves. It may happen that difficult things happen to us (are permitted only because there is no other way) for the sake of the long view: our eternal happiness.

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