Webster defines pride as: a feeling that you are more important or better than other people. King Nebuchadnezzar was a man with many accomplishments, fame, and wealth. It was these feats that no doubt led him to consider himself better than others. Nebuchadnezzar was given two dreams from God which warned him about the destruction of his kingdom, but the king ignored the warnings. One year after the second dream Nebuchadnezzar spoke these words: “Is this not the great Babylon that I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” Within that same hour, Nebuchadnezzar lost his mind and became like an animal eating the grass of the field. He would remain as such until he acknowledged the God of heaven. God does not tolerate pride against Him, because there is nothing and no one more important or better than He is.
Comparing ourselves with others and thinking that we are better is pride. That does not mean that we should think negative things about ourselves, because we are made in the image of God. Instead of thinking less of ourselves, we should think about ourselves less.
Review: Last week, we learned about three teenagers who chose to stand for the one true God. King Nebuchadnezzar built a golden image and commanded everyone to bow and worship it or be thrown into a fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to obey the king’s command. When they were thrown into the furnace, God’s Spirit stood with them. They were able to walk out of the furnace completely unharmed. They remained faithful to God, and he protected them.
Scripture Reading: Daniel 5
Memory Verse: Daniel 6:27: “He rescues and He saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”
Supplies: baking soda, water, cotton swab, paper
Directions: Ahead of time, mix ¼ cup baking soda with ¼ cup water; dip a cotton swab in the mixture and write the words “numbered”, “weighed”, and “divided” on a piece of paper with the swab. (These represent the meaning of the words in Daniel 5:25.) Or, use three different pieces of paper and write one word on each. Let the words dry so they become invisible.
Explain that today’s Bible story is about a secret message written to the king. The only person who could read and interpret the message was someone sent by God, because the message was directly from God.
Hold the paper(s) with the words up to a light; the messages should reveal themselves. If you’d like, have your family write their own secret messages.
- Adoration: Give praise to a God who is able to perform miracles.
- Confession: Confess to God your pride and when you do things your own way.
- Thanksgiving: Thank God that He reconciles us to Himself through Jesus Christ.
- Supplication: Ask God to help you remember what He has done for you and to always put Him first in your life.
Lesson: August 16th