At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven. . . . Then I praised the Most High . . . and glorified him who lives forever. (Dan. 4:34)

I WAS IN MY EARLY TWENTIES and found myself experiencing the negative results of a few decisions I had made. I knew God, but my actions were motivated by selfishness and pride. This time of repentance led me to have a better understanding of God’s love and grace.

King Nebuchadnezzar was in a dark place, living as a wild beast. He had lost his mind due to his pride. During this painful time, humility became his number one lesson.

During my dark time, I lifted my eyes to heaven much like Nebuchadnezzar had done. The understanding of the love and grace I was given humbled me, and I wanted to make the changes necessary to live a life better than I had previously.

Humility is a lesson we all need to learn. It takes away our pride and leaves us understanding our need for someone greater than ourselves. It is through this that we gain an understanding of who God is and what He can do in our lives. It is through the lesson in humility that Nebuchadnezzar was able to tell this story in his own words. It allowed him to admit his pride, give it up, and move on to having a repentant heart. A heart that praised and glorified the Most High.

Ask God to give you a lesson in humility.

Traver Paul Butcher is passionate about other cultures, travel, the outdoors, music, art, writing, leadership development, and introducing people to a man named Jesus.

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