There have always been and there will always be staggering examples of human arrogance. Yet, as we will see in our passage in Daniel today, our God is a God who exalts the humble and humbles the proud.
Read: Daniel 4
King Nebuchadnezzar had it all - money, fame and power - he had everything and needed nothing.
Yet his dreams were causing him problems again. We've seen this already back in chapter 2, haven't we? Here again, he can't sleep. Here again Daniel enters the scene.
Daniel offers Nebuchadnezzar the meaning behind his dream, yet Nebuchadnezzar is having none of it. His success, his fame, his power - it is all down to his own brilliance. So he says,
“Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” (v30)
Yet no sooner have the words left his lips he hears the voice of God and succumbs to a sudden and very serious episode of mental illness.
It is only near the end of his life that the penny finally drops. At last Nebuchadnezzar realises there is one greater than he. One to whom he owes all of his fame, power and success. There is a God who is sovereign over it all.
May we take time today to remember who it is who has given us all of the good things we enjoy in this life and to whom we owe our worship. For as we look in the mirror we are not to say, "I believe in myself" but rather "I believe in a God who humbles the proud and exalts the humble."
His dominion is an eternal dominion and his kingdom endures from generation to generation.