Devotion for December 15
By Bryan Chapell

Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble (Dan. 4:37).

As a pastor, I wrestle with trying to convince people of how sure is God’s promise of grace to those who ask for forgiveness. Some have been helped by simply considering the life of Nebuchadnezzar. He was the murderous, arrogant, and idolatrous king of Babylon who enslaved God’s people. Yet, God claimed his heart.

As long as the king paraded his greatness, looking down on everyone else, he was a pathetic mess before God. But, once he looked up to God, confessing his lowliness of heart and mind, the Lord restored him.

You may wonder if God could or should forgive someone like you. But, if God would restore a person as awful as Nebuchadnezzar, then he can restore you. 

Nothing can stand between us and the grace of God. Once we confess our utter need of him, his ultimate love for us is sure. His gracious provision for the lowly is deep and wide. When we confess that our sin has brought us low, God’s lifts our hearts and restores our purpose!

Father, I confess that I am weak, sinful, and lowly. Thank you for your merciful pardon of the messes I have made, and for lifting the load of sin from me as I look to you.

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