Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Humbling of King Neb

It all started so simply. Life was good for our King Neb. He had witnessed God's mighty hand in delivering Daniel's friends from the fiery furnace. He even proclaimed that God is the Most High God. Then life got easy, in fact really easy.

"I , Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace." Apparently in the original language the meaning is more like, "I King Neb lived in the lap of luxury."

Who doesn't dream of being in the lap of luxury? As I write this I am watching the Bronco's being stomped by the Detroit Lions. One of the commercials was all about sitting on a beach in a lounge chair looking out on the water watching the sun set. Who doesn't dream at least once in a while to be pampered in the lap of luxury? The problem, it doesn't last. Worse, it gives us a false sense of who we are and what we have achieved.

It reminds me of the Israelites getting ready to go into the land of milk and honey. God told them that they would eat from fields that they did not plant, they would live in houses they did not build and it would make them fat and lazy. They were to remember that all blessings come from God. God wanted his people to live like they really knew that truth.

Our King became comfortable, very comfortable. He forgot who gave him all those blessings. Aren't we just like King Neb? We get comfortable, we forget who gave us all we have. That is why it is so important to be grateful. Each Tuesday I challenge each of us to count our blessings. Then we will know who provides our blessings.

Wonder what happens next? Stay tuned.
In Christ Alone,

n that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".

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