The Fall Of Pride
After I finished reading Daniel 5 last night, I had a cascade of examples in the Bible come to mind. Man’s ways are finite. God is Infinite in all His ways in dealing with man. King Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s son, was standing in flagrant pride. Watch what happened when he saw the fingers of a man’s hand writing on the wall. Verse 6 says, “The king’s countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips were loosened and his knees knocked against each other.” His pride fell in a moment.
Daniel was called in to interpret the writing. He reminded the king that he was there when his father was driven out into the field. Verse 20 says, “But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him.”
Verse 22-23 says, “But you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, although you knew all this. And you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven…and the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified.” Then Daniel gave him the interpretation. Encapsulated it was: God has numbered your kingdom and finished it; you have been weighed and found wanting; your kingdom has been divided and given to another. Verse 30 says that very night the king was slain.
The writing speaks to us. God holds our breath in His hands. He owns all our ways. Isaiah 43:7 says that we are all created for His glory. Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” James 4:14 says, “Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life?…” The Amplified says, “…You are (really) a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears (into thin air).”
Pride resists God and His ways. Pride comes in myriad suits of clothing, costumes, and masks. I encourage you to ask this question: Lord, what is the pride-plague in my heart? 1 Kings 8:38-39 was part of king Solomon’s prayer when he dedicated the temple. It says, “Whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple: then hear in heaven…”
Did you note the ‘when each one knows’ was connected to God’s hearing? The Lord always hears us. Does He hear faith and humility, or proud-fleshly words? It is essential that we walk in humility, or the Lord will use circumstances in our lives to humble us. James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar lifted up their hearts in pride. God caused their pride to fall in accordance with His word in Daniel 4:37, “…And those who walk in pride He is able to pull down.” Our nation exudes pride in unbelievers and believers alike. Let us not be caught up in this sin against the Lord.