Concerning pride, CS Lewis writes, "Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison." How is it that pride can be so treacherous for us? Why does it often "goeth before a fall"?
At this time Nebuchadnezzar and the nation of Babylon were on top of the world. This is the era of the famed Hanging Gardens of Babylon (one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world), and domination on almost every front. Because of that, you can understand why Nebuchadnezzar would be proud of his nations achievements. Is there a difference between good pride and bad pride? What was it about Nebuchadnezzar's response that caused God to say "enough is a enough"?
Nebuchadnezzar is humiliated, acting like an animal and going temporarily insane. To be humiliated is what we would consider normally a horrible thing. And yet, it was only in Nebuchadnezzar's humiliation that he was brought to his senses. Humiliation is related to the word humility--to see oneself as one really is. Is there such a thing as beautiful humiliation?
Thomas Merton said, "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." How have Pride and Humility been a part of your journey? What has God taught you through your moments of prideful gloating and humble failure? What can we do this week to be reminded of who we really are and Whose we really are?
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