Pride. A simple five letter word, but a word that is very dangerous to people, even Christians. Sometimes we can get so caught up in our own accomplishments, that we forget to recognize who gave us the abilities or who set up the circumstances for us to complete those accomplishments. And that is a great folly.
Just look at what happened to Nebuchadnezzar in this chapter. In his second dream, he received a message from God with regard to his accomplishments. Now, to take a small step back, we have to remember Nebuchadnezzar, in chapter two of Daniel, recognized God’s power. He even states it when he calls Daniel to him in this chapter. But he did not yield to what God wanted and remained prideful. So God did what God always does in those situations; He gave Nebuchadnezzar grace to turn from his ways and when the king didn’t, He humbled him.
Daniel 4:28-3328 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. 30 The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” 31 While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! 32 And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”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.
Daniel 4:2727 Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.”