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In the last verse of Daniel 4, there is a line that grabs my attention: “And those who walk in pride he is able to humble (4:37, NIV).” What is it about pride that tempts us to inflate our ego and take credit for accomplishments that belong to God? Why must we be humbled before we learn to give God credit for all we have in this life?

In Daniel Chapter 4, King Nebuchadnezzar is humbled after he surveyed his kingdom and said: “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty (29).” Some time after making this remark, God humbled the king by driving him away from people where he lived and placed him with animals where he ate grass like an ox (31). Only after the king “praised the Most High”and “glorified him who lives forever (34)” were his “honor and splendor (36)” returned.

God desires us to acknowledge him, to praise him for all we have. It is our pride that often draws us away from crediting God for our accomplishments. We long for praise from other people even for things we do in the church. But John wrote in John 12:42-43 that many leaders “would not openly acknowledge their faith” because “they loved human praise more than praise from God.” The antidote to pride is to publicly acknowledge that God is the source of our accomplishments, for everything we have in this life.

© 2019 CGThelen

In the changing seasons, I see you dear Lord. I see your hand in the detail of emerging fall colors on the leaves of the trees. I see your touch in the way all the leaves blend together to create a symphony of beauty for our eyes.

I praise you dear Lord for your hand in the intricate details of our lives, for your touch on the littlest things in our life. Even though I often cannot see how these small details contribute to the larger tapestry, I praise you that your promises are true, that indeed you are creating a larger picture of beauty. I praise you for your never ending love for us, for your abundant grace. You are worthy of all praise. I praise you that some day we will see the vast vista of all the intricate details together. All praise to you dear God.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:13-14

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