April 28 2017 – Don’t eat grass like an ox.

In Daniel 4 there is the account of God humbling king Nebuchadnezzar. Here is the description of what finally happened to him in chapter 4 verse 33:

33 That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.

This was an extreme case of God humbling some one, yet it stands as a reminder to us that as James puts it, God resists the proud (James 4:6). Nebuchadnezzar had seen God’s dramatic power in the deliverance of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego from the fiery furnace (chapter 3) and had humbled himself before God, exalting and lifting Him up ( Daniel 3:28-29). But then pride crept back in and God had to resist him, humble him, driving him from society to eat grass like an ox.

It’s a somber reminder of what can happen to any of us, God working in our lives, us acknowledging it in humility, but then pride and independence creeping back in and God having to resist us, come against us and bring us down.

Let Nebuchadnezzar stand as an example to us that we’re not going to let that happen….don’t to eat grass like an ox !


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