Text: “Wherefore, O King, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquility.” – Daniel 4:27.
Comment: Pride is one of the inhibitors of repentance and it has been the undoing of many leaders, husbands, wives, etc. In Proverbs 16:18 King Solomon said: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (See also Proverbs 29:23). The text for today was the advice of Daniel to King Nebuchadnezzar. But sadly, he disregarded it and continued as usual and boasted: “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?” (Daniel 4:30) He was dethroned and humiliated to a beastly status. Unlike him, King Manasseh humbled himself and repented after being taken into captivity by the Assyrians. (2 Chronicles 33:12-17) As Christians, we should never allow our feelings of self-importance or ego to prevent us from repenting. Some may say O! if I stop stealing, or cheating or drinking excessive alcohol, or sexual promiscuity or abuse of substances, people will say I AM WEAK AND FEARFUL. Yes, let them say. If God does not say so of us then we have no cause for regret, but rather should be joyful. (1 Peter 4:1-4). We should also learn to be submissive to ourselves by saying sorry when we wrong others. It is godly and honourable. It is dangerous to harden our hearts and resist all persuasions through the word of God to repent. – Proverbs 28:14; Isaiah 1:20; Romans 2:4,5.