Day 3: Nebuchadnezzar’s Pride
We all see things from various perspectives. Our family of origin, childhood experiences, friends, acquaintances, the entertainment industry, and more, have all educated us to think and observe in certain patterns.
For many who have attended a Christian church for years, the story of Nebuchadnezzar is often taught from the perspective of Daniel, or from Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. When it comes to the latter three, they’re often seen as the godly heroes of Daniel Chapter 3. Nebuchadnezzar commands them to worship him over their own God. You likely already know how the story ends: they refuse, are sentenced to death, but miraculously survive.
But try to read through the story from the perspective of Nebuchadnezzar himself. What was it that drove him to such a self-centered pride? Has something similar driven you to prideful thoughts or actions? What experiences led him to praise and worship God? Have you had similar experiences that have led you to praise and worship God?
As you read today, consider this: What situations or problems was Nebuchadnezzar facing? How do you think Nebuchadnezzar felt throughout these experiences?
What situations or problems was Nebuchadnezzar facing?
How do you think Nebuchadnezzar felt throughout these experiences?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Deuteronomy 1 & 2
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
Heavenly Father, as I have read through the story of Nebuchadnezzar I confess that there have been times when I have been much like him. Full of pride. Full of rage. But also, times when I have been full of worship.
Today, one act of worship I desire to offer is to remove all pride, impurity, jealousy, envy, hostility, and instead be Your representative. Reveal to me the opportunities to spread love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control to all I interact with today. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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