Pride Goes Before Insanity

Michael Beck

“Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.” (Daniel 4:37)

The heart of Nebuchadnezzar was so lifted up that he eventually went mad, living like an animal in the field. In similar fashion, on January 3, 1889, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche went irrevocably insane on a street in Turin, Italy. Before his fall, he had penned the famous saying – “God is dead.” He was so enamored by himself that he wrote: “… I find the founder of Christianity superficial in comparison to myself.”

Do not get into a contest with God. You will lose. A man’s exaltation of himself begins his descent into madness. Pride goes before a fall. Nebuchadnezzar recovered from his lunacy. Nietzsche did not fare as well.

Even if you believe that God is alive, beware of pride. Beware of believing that your life, your way, your truth, is superior to the life of Christ. Such pride will begin your descent into madness. Trading your life for His better life is a very wise thing to do. Stop the madness.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.