“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5)
Do you remember what happened to King Nebuchadnezzar because he was proud and took all the glory for his greatness upon himself? Daniel 4:30-37 “The king spoke, saying, ‘Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?’ While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.’ That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws. And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding 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 is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain 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 honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.”
A similar thing happened to King Herod. Acts 12:20-23 “Now Herod had been very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; but they came to him with one accord, and having made Blastus the king’s personal aide their friend, they asked for peace, because their country was supplied with food by the king’s country. So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting, ‘The voice of a god and not of a man!’ Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.”
King Nebuchadnezzar and King Herod were both exalted with pride and took all the credit for their greatness. They gave no glory to God and He struck the down. In essence, they were thinking of themselves as gods. But the Lord Jehovah is a jealous God. Exodus 20:3-5 “You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.” The Lord is a jealous God in that He wants all the worship to Himself and all the glory to Himself and does not want us to give the worship or glory to some other god or to ourselves. Nebuchadnezzar and Herod took the glory to themselves and God struck them down.
When we have pride in our lives, we are acting similar to Nebuchadnezzar and Herod. God will probably not strike us down like He did them. But the Bible says He resists us if we are proud. Instead, He gives us grace – His blessings and favor – if we are humble. Let us humble ourselves before our God and give Him glory.