Wednesday, December 2, 2015

pride humbled

Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles' feathers, and his nails were like birds' claws.  

"At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, "What have you done?"  At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. 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 4:33-37 ESV)

Here's a mighty man who thinks
He is ruler of a vast empire.
Humbled, and now a mad man
Like an animal senseless before all.
A hard lesson learned: God only is God;
He topples empires and feeds the sparrows.
Lost himself, finds himself again,
The madman gets to be king again.
I too am a beast who by grace is 
Brought to look heavenward, to the One
Who cares for the lowly.
Lost, without sound mind, but found, 
And invited to sit upon a throne 
With the King himself. 

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