Babylon, one of the most wicked kingdoms to dwell on the face of the earth. It’s rise to power was swift, and they were really the first major world power of the region. As Daniel showed Nebuchadnezzar, they were that head of God, first and most pure in their world dominance. This power-hungry nation seemed unstoppable, and toppled every nation they came against.
The reason this nation was so successful in their military advancements was that God decided to use them as His instrument of judgment on MANY nations… including Israel. Babylon was a despot and wicked nation, but God intended to use them to accomplish His purposes and thus allowed to them rise in strength and power.
Jeremiah predicts their ultimate demise though. The nation that seemed unstoppable would be defeated in a single dramatic blow. The Persians, during the reign of the Babylonian king Belshazzar, diverted the river that ran through Babylon, and came into the city unscathed. The same night
Belshazzar threw a huge party to celebrate his majesty and worth, God wrote on the wall and told him his kingdom had come to an end. That night the Persians came and the Babylonians surrendered without a fight. It is considered one of the most decisive and history altering battles of all time.
The once mighty nation Babylon, would fall and be destroyed. Their pride made them think they were invincible, but really it was just God using them to accomplish His purposes.
Far too often we can get the “big head” thinking we are really something because of what “WE” have done. Whether it is something for the Lord or a secular achievement, we would be wise to divert glory to the Lord and remain humble. When we boast about OUR achievements and OUR success, we miss the great truth that it was God who enabled, used, and equipped.
Satan was filled with pride, “I WILL” he said. Nebuchadnezzar was lifted up with pride in Daniel 4, and God made him have a heart and behavior like an animal. These were equipped by God for the job given them, and by pride they elevated themselves to a position of god. They thought they could do it without Him, and they learned otherwise very quickly.
Today, be caution not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to. One preacher said it wisely: humility is not thinking highly or belittling yourself…. It is not thinking about yourself at all. Remember it is God who has blessed you with your gifts and talents, and you ought to give Him all the praise and glory for what He has accomplished through you.
Daily Scripture Reading
“Therefore hear ye the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Babylon; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them.”