THE POWER OF CONFIDENCE PART III
Psychologists teach self-confidence as some of the vital tips behind living a successful life. There are quite many self-confident people that are failures around the world. Some are so self-confident that they became full of themselves; consequently ended in the ditch.
“At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.” – Daniel 4:29-33
Brethren, in practical terms; Babylon was great in those days. Babylon was like the foremost first world country of our time in those days. In the same vein, king Nebuchadnezzar had played a very important role in Babylon’s greatness. He was indeed a great king that had seen great exploits in his kingdom. As a result of the great exploits, his self-confidence pushed him over the cliff that he fell so badly from a revered king in the palace to the animal kingdom on the field for seven years.
Friends, the line between self-confidence and pride is so thin that one would have crossed it before knowing what has happened. The cheapest cure for the negative effect of self-confidence (which is pride) is God-confidence. The best man can do without God is captured in John 15:5. Without God man can do nothing! It goes without saying that if any good thing gets done; it must be God at work in man.
It is high time we celebrated our confidence in God for all things and play down on confidence in self to save ourselves from the perils of pride. King Nebuchadnezzar got restored when he came to his senses and acknowledged that God was responsible for every good thing that had ever happened on the earth including those that happened in Babylon in his time.
Confidence outside God is a misplaced investment! It is dangerous.
Scriptures for meditation: Daniel 4:34-37; Acts 12:21-23
Jesus is Lord!