The Humbling of a King
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Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.
Proverbs 16:5 ESV
If there is one thing God detests among every evil device, it is pride. He hates it so much that a thousand verses in the Bible speak of it. The scripture above talks about how much an abomination a proud person is to God Almighty. And it doesn't end at that, as there is an added promise: be assured, he will not go unpunished. You see, the thing about arrogance and pride is that you tend to place yourself above everything and everyone. It is an illusion, a pseudo belief that your imagination dwells on, giving you a sense of immortality like you're untouchable. But in truth, you don't even own your life.
God needs no competition; He wants to be all that matters; He wants to be the reason we exist. He wants us to acknowledge His authority as the true King. Only then will He recognise us as His children and bless us accordingly.
From the time Lucifer was cast away from Heaven after a show of arrogance and pride, till this moment, God has been vocal about His detest for pride and its vices. He has humbled great kings, false prophets, and individuals who oppress the poor and needy. And speaking of humbling great Kings, a name comes to mind: King Nebuchadnezzar. Let's find out who he was and his experience at the receiving end of God's wrath.
A study into King Nebuchadnezzar's humbling moments
King Nebuchadnezzar was a famous military leader in the biblical era. He was the greatest king of the Chaldean dynasty of Babylonia. He conquered Syria and Palestine and turned Babylon into a prosperous City. Let us go straight into his story.
King Nebuchadnezzar several times proclaimed himself King of Kings. He ordered a golden image of himself to be worshipped by the Babylonians and every other city he captured. God was not happy with his arrogance and pride. And as such, he was met by God's wrath, and that experience would change his life forever.
While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you until you know that the Highest rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.”
Daniel 4:31-32 ESV
God will forever be mighty and powerful. His words over Nebuchadnezzar came to pass. For seven years, the proud and arrogant king lived like an animal and was later restored after God confirmed his willingness to change and become a better person and ruler.
To date, rulers and leaders who have refused to embrace humility have all been humbled by God. Well, if not now, later. There's always a window given for the chance to change, once it elapses, a punishment worse than what King Nebuchadnezzar faced would be dealt to the person.
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