Despite his observation of God’s repeated glory and power, Nebuchadnezzar’s pride continued to blind him to the authority of his Maker. Though he gave lip service to the unrivaled strength of Yahweh, Babylon’s king saw himself as omnipotent and ultimate. To him, the strength of his kingdom was the work of his own hands. Thus, God again came to Nebuchadnezzar in a dream, but this time with a warning of his impending humility. Daniel not only interpreted the vision but also pleaded unsuccessfully with his leader to repent. Unfortunately, we often fall victim to the sin of self-reliance as well. Though every good and perfect gift in our lives is from above (Jas. 1:17), we dangerously live as if we were the source of the blessings we enjoy. In order to appreciate the grace of Christ fully, however, God desires that we walk in faith and humility. Failing to do so blinds us to the authority God has over our lives while also creating the illusion that we chart our destiny. Because Jesus submitted to the will of the heavenly Father, we must seek to do the same. Unless we humble ourselves, God’s greatest blessings in our lives can actually become stumbling blocks that foster sinful arrogance.
In what ways have you mishandled God’s blessings in your life?