Do You Give Yourself A Pat On The Back?

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Today’s lead role goes to King Nebuchadnezzar (let’s just call him King Neb for short or Pareng Neb if you want). King Neb had a dream and he asked Daniel to interpret it again (He had another dream which Daniel interpreted for him previously, but that’s another story). This dream is a warning that he’s going to get strong, successful and famous but he will eventually be stripped off of all these and won’t be restored to his glory days unless he recognizes the sovereignty of God. 12 months later this dream was fulfilled.

“your royal authority has been taken from you, you will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals, you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the most high is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives to anyone he wishes.” (words told to King Neb) Daniel 4:31b

Admit it. Sometimes when we have reached our goals or we’ve become successful we think we have achieved these because we are so good. We believe we’ve worked hard for it, we earned it hence it’s only appropriate that we get what we deserve for doing our part of labor.

“Is it not this great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power, and for the glory of my majesty (King Neb speaking)” – Daniel 4: 30

Little did we know that we have what we have because God decided he wanted us to have those. Not because weren’t naughty and we’re nice for the year but because of God’s good nature. Because his love is unconditional and because he is gracious we are able to receive these things.

When we start to have a sense of entitlement and let pride have a room in our hearts things get messy. Before we realize it we’ve messed up our relationships and even ourselves. Obviously God doesn’t want that. And he finds a way to humble us. Even if he has to strip us off of things that we crown ourselves with such as career, money or fame. And once we recognize that God is sovereign over all these he restores us to a position even better than before.

“at the end of that time, I,  Nebuchadnezzar raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the most high, I honored and glorified him who lives forever” – Daniel 4:34

“I was restored to my throne and become even greater than before” – Daniel 4:36a

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the king of heaven because everything he does is right and just, and those who walk in pride he is able to humble” – Daniel 4:37

I believe that once in a while we should examine ourselves. We need to ask ourselves these questions:

  • Who do I enthrone in my heart, is it God or is it myself?
  • Have I become self-entitled?
  • Do I look down on others because I think I am better than him/her?
  • Am I too critical of other people because they don’t meet my standards?
  • When I am able to achieve things whether big or small do I give myself a pat on the back for a job well done or do I thank God for being faithful?

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