Daniel 4, Psalm 81
God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. Sometimes, the proud benefit greatly from such opposition. That is the case with Nebuchadnezzar. Though he had a dream, interpreted properly by Daniel to predict his humiliation, Nebuchadnezzar did not heed Daniel’s warning to repent and show kindness to the oppressed. Thus Nebuchadnezzar, in arrogance, declares the work of his own hands wonderful and the kingdom under his stewardship evidence of his personal greatness. God immediately fulfills the warnings Daniel interpreted and expels Babylon’s king to live as a beast with the animals for seven times, which likely means seven years. During this time, the king is insane, and who knows how the kingdom is governed. Whatever the situation during this time, when the king is restored, his eyes are open to the true majesty on high and declares God’s goodness and reign over the entire world. Nebuchadnezzar is in a much better situation than before. My response to Nebuchadnezzar’s story is this: if God’s goal in humbling my pride is to draw me into richer fellowship with the Lord, then by all means, humble away!