Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 13, 2017

“All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven” – “He is able to humble those who walk in pride.”

Today’s devotion comes from Daniel chapter 4.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+4&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“28 “All this happened to Nebuchadnezzar the king.  29 Twelve months later he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon.  30 The king reflected and said, ‘Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?’  31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared:  sovereignty has been removed from you, 32 and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field.  You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.’  33 Immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled;  and he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.

34 “But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever;

For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
But He does according to His will in the host of heaven
And among the inhabitants of earth;
And no one can ward off His hand
Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’

36 At that time my reason returned to me.  And my majesty and splendor were restored to me for the glory of my kingdom, and my counselors and my nobles began seeking me out;  so I was reestablished in my sovereignty, and surpassing greatness was added to me.  37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.”  Daniel 4:28-37.

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First, let us meditate on the sovereignty quality of God.

“… For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
But He does according to His will in the host of heaven
And among the inhabitants of earth;
And no one can ward off His hand
Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’”  Verses 34-35.

Second, let us also take warning from what God did to Nebuchadnezzar who was prideful and ignored God’s sovereignty.  Nebuchadnezzar personally experienced and verbally concluded that God “is able to humble those who walk in pride”.  Verse 37.

Many take pride in their doctrine which focuses on man and man’s works and man’s wisdom and man’s will.  But, we read:

“All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
But He does according to His will in the host of heaven
And among the inhabitants of earth;
And no one can ward off His hand
Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’”  Verse 35.

Like Nebuchadnezzar, they think they are great by what they have done.  But, their pride will be humbled like the pride of Nebuchadnezzar was humbled to the point that he admitted:  “He is able to humble those who walk in pride.”  Verse 37.

“Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before stumbling.”  Proverbs 16:18.

“The pride of man will be humbled
And the loftiness of men will be abased;
And the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,”  Isaiah 2:17.

“The Lord of hosts has planned it, to defile the pride of all beauty,
To despise all the honored of the earth.”  Isaiah 23:9.

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.  The world is passing away, and also its lusts;  but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”  1 John 2:16.


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