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Topic: PRIDE (inflated opinion of one’s self) (02/19/15)
- TITLE: Eating Grass
By Dawn Winston
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My father and I thought we were so smart. We studied things like how mummies were made and made telescopes for fun. We had vast intellectual curiosity. Other people around us were not as great, and I was told I should not associate with them. One friend we knew from infancy was close to us but certainly not like us. Then we grew up. My friend excelled in college Chemistry class while I barely made it. It was unbelievable. Then I realized we were not so intelligent. My father and I always counted on our fingers for simple math problems.
I know a girl in her twenties who told me wide eyed she can go eighty miles an hour on the expressway. “No,” I patiently told her, “You can’t, you will get an expensive ticket, and your insurance will go up.” She listened to no one who corrects her driving. I am sure the rest of this story is predictable. In the snow she slid into a guard rail and smashed the front of her car. She said the only thing hurt is her pride and her wallet. Because God is good it could have been much worse and this may have been the safest of His warnings.
Daniel warned King Nebuchadnezzar that a dream he had was that he should humble himself and see all he has or was from God, not his own doing. The King did not listen and God judged him with madness for seven years He literally ate grass. When he regains his sanity he beautifully says in Daniel 4:34-37, “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?’ … “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.” How God hates pride! How God loves us!
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