What if, when you exhibited pride in yourself, you had to eat grass?
That is exactly what King Nebuchadnezzar had to do, for seven years, because he exalted himself over God! Daniel 4 contains the account. This Babylonian king experienced the ultimate of humiliating circumstances. When he willfully chose to take credit for the city of Babylon’s splendor, God humbled him – by putting him out in a pasture to graze.
In King Nebuchadnezzar’s account of what happened (read it for yourself in Daniel chapter 4), he recounts his dream and Daniel gives the interpretation. Daniel informs the king that his dream told of God’s inevitable consequences for his prideful actions. Then Daniel proceeds to give him some advice on what to do next that could possibly lead to a lessening or perhaps even a removal of those consequences.
~ 12 months pass by ~
The prideful king does not repent. In fact, while walking on the roof of his royal palace, he talks to himself, saying: “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my royal power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty” (Daniel 4.30, ESV, emphasis mine). Apparently, the 12 months of thinking through the consequences of his pride has taught him nothing. While he is still speaking the words, he hears a voice from heaven telling him that the consequences would now be coming.
So, for seven years, this mighty king chewed grass like an ox. Finally, after all that time, he got what takes some people more than a lifetime to figure out (more than a lifetime – as soon as you see God, you’ll figure it out for certain). Listen in to the lesson that he learned: “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble” (Daniel 4.37, ESV).
God might not judge your pride by making you eat grass like an ox, but maybe he should. If it took you seven years to realize that you are nothing and God is everything, you could then live the rest of your life doing life for God’s glory and ultimately your good. Sadly, many people never grasp the need for humility in their lives. So, if you are feeling some good old pride welling up inside of you, follow these steps:
- Go outside.
- Select a blade of grass.
- Insert it into your mouth.
- Chew thoroughly.
- Imagine that being your only source of food for seven years.
Feeling humble yet?