How do you respond to bad news? Despite God’s revealed intention to humble
Nebuchadnezzar like an animal, Babylon’s king continued to boast in his strength.
In his mind, the strength of the kingdom was a testimony to his power and majesty.
Though he claimed that the Hebrews worshiped the Most High God, the wayward
king lived as if he were above all others. Tragically, it is not difficult to see ourselves
falling into the same destructive pattern.
Though we say Christianity is not about us, we sometimes live to the contrary. We may
nod our heads in agreement with declarations about the priority of God’s kingdom, yet
we might also reduce the kingdom to whatever makes us happy or fulfilled. Knowing
that God’s glory takes precedence over our own glory does not prohibit us from
magnifying ourselves at the expense of our Savior. Like Babylon’s ancient king, our
hearts gravitate toward what we perceive to be testimonies of our strength. In our efforts
to be like God, we sometimes recklessly compete with Him.
How does your allegiance to self stand in the way of your commitment