Warning: God Will Humble You!

Warning: God Will Humble You!

It is human nature to claim credit for all the great things that happen in our lives. Like we accomplished them in our own strength. Especially in America, God has blessed us immensely. But as James 1:17 says, “Every good . . . and perfect gift is from above.” So be warned; God can and will humble you. Because God does not allow for pride in the lives of His children. 

Bible Verse: Daniel 4:37 (NLT)

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All His acts are just and true and He is able to humble the proud.”

Reflection and Challenge

The grand lesson God wanted King Nebuchadnezzar to learn – and that we must learn today – is that God alone is sovereign and will not permit mortals to usurp His throne or take credit for His works. We are but creatures, and God is the Creator; we are only subjects, but He is the King of kings.

When men and women, created in God’s image, refuse to submit themselves to Him, they are in grave danger of descending to the level of animals. “Do not be like a senseless horse or mule,” warned King David, who was guilty of acting like both (Psalm 32:9). Like the impulsive horse, David rushed into sin when he committed adultery with Bathsheba, and then like the stubborn mule, he had delayed confessing his sins and repenting (2 Samuel 11; 12).

This is what happened in the life of Nebuchadnezzar. After years of conquest and growth of the Babylonian empire, he was filled with pride. Even though Daniel was his number 2 man, he was still filled with pride. That is also true in our lives as well. After all the things God has done in our lives in the past, why do we still try to take the credit? Why don’t we give it to God, who truly deserves it?

God Does Not Delay

God is patient with sinners, but when the time comes for Him to act, He does not delay. As we read in Daniel 4:31-33, a solemn voice from heaven interrupted King Nebuchadnezzar’s egotistical meditations and announced that the time of probation had ended and judgment was about to fall.

The words were still on the king’s lips when everything began to change. His mind became like that of an animal (Daniel 4:16) and he was driven from the royal palace to live in fields with the beasts. Since he was beastly at heart, God allowed King Nebuchadnezzar’s brutish nature to be revealed openly.

As Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way, God does not like the credit going to others. God humbled Nebuchadnezzar for his pride. Eventually, he learned the lesson that God wanted him to learn through his difficult experience (Daniel 4:17, 25, 32), and that is, to acknowledge the sovereignty of God.

Warning God Will Humble You

God can and will humble you as well. As Christians become more and more proud, we better turn back to God and realize He deserves all the credit. He will humble us if we don’t. The Bible teaches both divine sovereignty and human responsibility, and when we accept both, we find no contradiction or conflict. No person is freer than the believer who surrenders to the sovereign will of God.

The first thing King Nebuchadnezzar did after his ordeal had passed was to praise the Lord (Daniel 4:34-35). What an exciting expression of worship! When was the last time you praised God for everything He has done in your life?

*Recommended Resource: 

Determined to Believe: The Sovereignty of God, Freedom, Faith and Human Responsibility
By John C. Lennox

A fresh look at the relationship between God’s sovereignty and human freedom. Challenging widely held assumptions about theological determinism, Lennox explores the different types of predestination and the problems they pose; investigates what the Gospels and Paul’s Letter to the Romans say about responsibility; and tackles the issue of Christian assurance. 

4 Replies to “Warning: God Will Humble You!”

  1. I just want to thank God that this spoke to me. I took time to delay God’s instruction upon my life, and I ended up confused and tired because I could feel that what I was doing was out of God’s will but I kept on resisting. It is better to be late in the presence of God than to do things prematurely because He will slow you down.

    I am also going through the same, and it’s painful. But I know that it is to sharpen me. Let His will and not mine be done.

    1. Hi Mathabo,

      Thank you for visiting and sharing a little bit of your story.

      There maybe times when we think our decision and actions are in line with the Word of God, only to realize later on that we’re making a huge mistake. But what really matters is that we acknowledge our sin and repent. God loves us unconditionally and His grace always abounds.

      May the good Lord bless you beyond measure. Shalom!

  2. God is humbling me at the moment, and I know its for mine own good. I praise God for his love in my life and as a Father he chastens me because I’m saved and he loves me. Amen .

    1. Hello Ben,

      So glad for you to have dropped by.

      I do believe we all come to a point in our lives where we tend to think that all our accomplishments are due to our own efforts and forget that we can actually do nothing without God working on our behalf.

      Praise the Lord for not allowing us to be totally off track. Yes, it could be painful but that’s what a loving Father does. He disciplines us, His children, in order for us to realize that we’re wrong.

      God will humble us when pride starts to reign in our hearts. Let this be a reminder to all of us to always give God the glory in all our victories.

      Shalom Ben, God bless you more.

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