“But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes. Daniel 5:20-21.
The line, “apart from God you can do nothing,” needs clarification.
I can do “plenty” apart from God……….but none of it is good!
Daniel is talking about Nebuchadnezzar. When Nebuchadnezzar broke from God, he didn’t stop being active. What he did, however, turned into an embarrassing disaster.
I read Scripture because it is “living.” The lessons, therein, do not go out of style.
When I function apart from God, I am on my way to a “pasture” of my own choosing. My behavior becomes ungodly. The jams that follow can be big or small, BUT they are all the consequence of separating from God.
I can claim to be close to God. However, my actions/words confirm that one way or the other.
Lately, in my midst, the evidence has been embarrassing. How quickly I go off the deep end! How little time there is between Godly and ungodly.
I keep going back to realizing that I am not pleasing God by what I do and say. I keep remembering that there are consequences. People are unhappy with me. God is certainly unhappy. Where’s the good news? There is none.
Maybe I need to break my day ahead into segments. At the end of a segment (one hour?) I will examine the past hour and reload with God for the hour ahead. That “reloading” part may be the most important piece. Pray for me!
Conclusion: Apart from God is a disaster. I must stop going there.