Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. Proverbs 16:18

By all accounts, Nebuchadnezzar was a brilliant head of state. He ruled the supreme world power of the day with an iron hand. Nations cringed or rejoiced at his decisions. No one dared challenge him! Furthermore, Babylon was the leading economic and cultural center of the entire region.

But, invariably, Nebuchadnezzar made a huge error. On the surface it seemed quite innocent, even common. Unabashedly he took credit for all the successes and accomplishments of his reign – read PRIDE. And he paid a horrible price for this seemly simple mistake. The record is found in Daniel 4:30 ff, The king reflected and said, “Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?” While the word was in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you … immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled; and he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds claws.

 The issue is clear. Nebuchadnezzar collided with God and suffered severe injuries. God doesn’t mess around with pride, …God is opposed to the proud... (James 4:10).