Daniel 4:1-37

Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful man on earth. God taught Neb a crucial lesson that we would do well to take to heart. Neb had great success. He had conquered the world through brilliant military strategy. As a result he became the emporer of the greatest empire to date. Not only was he a great military man, he was also a philosopher and lover of the arts and science. He built great structure in Babylon and cultivated a rich cultural center. One day he looked around at all he had done and said, “I am goooooooood, oh yes!” That was his downfall. The message God taught him was that, even though he had grown to be a giant and wonderful tree, he was still a tree in the forest that God planted. Every tree can be cut down.

We would do well to remember this lesson. It is not wrong to be successful. It is not wrong to excel and be great in what you do. As a matter of fact, God expects you to excel in what you do (note the parable of the talents in Matthew). The key is to remember who’s in charge. You didn’t give yourself your talents and strengths, God did. We would all benefit from memorizing Colossians 3:17 and living that way each day.

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