The Bottom Shelf

Daniel 4:37
“Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”

The verse above came from the portion of Nebuchadnezzar’s life when he became so filled with pride that he thought nobody could destroy him. Nebuchadnezzar made the same mistake many people make when things are going well in their life and that is he looked at all he had instead of looking at the God who gave him everything he had. He became so filled with pride that God gave him a dream that only Daniel could interpret. The purpose of the dream was to show Nebuchadnezzar that God was going to take his kingdom from him and for awhile he would lose his mind and wander in the wilderness like an animal. It wasn’t until he lifted his eyes up to God and realized his mistake that God restored his kingdom back to him. Nebuchadnezzar concluded that, “those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”

The word “abase” means to humble, belittle, or bring to the bottom shelf. In other words, God will drive a pride-filled person to the point that they are at the bottom shelf of life. Many people have thought they were something mighty only to find that God is able to bring them to the bottom shelf of life. Pride’s benefit is temporal glory, but her destination is the bottom shelf of life. Several lessons can be learned from this portion of Nebuchadnezzar’s life that you must learn so that God doesn’t have to bring you to the bottom shelf.

First, you are nothing without God. I know this seems to be an obvious statement, but pride has a way of making a person believe they are bigger than they are. No matter how big you become in life, no matter how successful you rise in your world, and no matter how powerful you become, you must always realize that all of these things have happened because God has allowed you to reach that level of success. Never let success bring you to the point in your life where you think you have done it all yourself. Always remember that you are nothing without God.

Second, the ecstasy of pride never exceeds the humiliation of pride’s destruction. Many people have allowed pride to make them think that they can do what they want to do only to find themselves humiliated, and living at the bottom shelf. What is sad is that many people never come to themselves to realize their pride is driving them lower in life. Pride has a way of driving a person to the lowest state of life where they feel there is no hope of coming out of where pride took them. Pride humiliates a person to the point that they feel they must continue in their sin because there is no way out. My friend, always remember that pride will grind you to powder and leave you feeling hopeless in life.

However, the story of Nebuchadnezzar’s life didn’t end with him being abased. He finally came to the point where he praised and honored God, and placed God on the top shelf of his life. When he did this, God blessed him to the point that his majesty exceeded what he was before. You will find that no matter how low you have gone in life that God is able to bless you far more than what you have ever seen if you will only be humble enough to place God at the top of your life. The person who swallows their pride can see renewed hope and exceed all expectations when God is honored and obeyed. No matter how deep pride has taken you, always remember that God will bless you again if you will place Him at the top of your life where He deserves to be.

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