February 7, 2019: The danger of not living for God’s Glory

 

Daniel 4:28-32 (NIV)

28  All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar.

29  Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon,

30  he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”

31  The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you.

32  You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.”

 

The king had been warned by Daniel to give up his self-centered ways, and he would be kept from looking like a mad man.  God even demonstrated his long-suffering toward King Nebuchadnezzar when he gave him an entire year to repent.

The King refused, grew even more proud, then just as God decreed, his mind left him and went to live in the fields like ordinary cows for seven years.  This account has been given to us so that we might examine our hearts to see if we are living for our self or for the glory of God.

If you are living for yourself you will get upset quickly, you will lose patience with those who mistreat you or do not notice you.  You will be bothered because you are living for the praise of men instead of the praise that comes from the only God.

Which would you most like to hear at the end of your day today?  We really like you, we think you are just the best! You really amaze us with your wisdom and ability!”

Or, “Well done good and faithful servant.  I am proud of you. Now enter into the joy of your Lord.”

How about we select the second option and watch what happens.

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