Today’s Reading: Daniel 4:1-37 (additional reading: Psalm 119:97-112 & Proverbs 28:17-18)
Have you ever wondered why some people choose to learn things the hard way? King Nebuchadnezzar was that type of person. Nothing came easy for him. He was a perpetual slow learner when it came to spirituality. If given the choice between a hard way and an easy way, King Nebuchadnezzar would choose the hard way. Are you that type of person?
King Nebuchadnezzar was a very prideful man. Prideful people are close-minded. They have their own ideas and often feel threatened by other people who might oppose them such as Shadrach, Meshach & Abendego in Ch. 3. And while King Nebuchadnezzar routinely sought advice, he did not always like the advice that was given to him. He was a very prideful man. The Bible teaches that “Pride goes before a fall” Prov. 16:18. According to the Living Bible “Pride goes before destruction” This was true of the King. His pride would soon become his downfall.
When Daniel warned the King regarding the dream, he put off taking action until it was too late. When Daniel interpreted the dream, he advised the King to renounce his sins by doing what was right and taking care of the poor. Sadly the advice that was most appropriate for King Nebuchadnezzar was forgotten for a whole year.
What about you? Are you a procrastinator? We all procrastinate things of varying degrees of importance. We may procrastinate things like paying bills, spending time with our family, making apologies. And sometimes we feel pain and pressure of procrastination. But there is one thing we never want to procrastinate. We never want to procrastinate spiritual priorities, the price is too high and the pain too great.
King Nebucadnezzar procrastinated making important life changes for a whole year. He put off until tomorrow things that he should have been doing today. And as a result, he was driven into the wilderness to live like a wild animal.
If there is something you should be putting right, don’t let pride blind you or get in your way! Stop procrastinating and put it right!
What do you have to put right today?
Father, Thank You that You allow us to respond to You. Help us to listen to Your prompting and to stop putting things off. In Jesus’ name, Amen