Daniel 4:30 “…Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?”
Verse 31 begins; While the words were still in the Kings mouth…! Nebuchadnezzar’s fall was quick and complete. I want to clarify that I am speaking to secular humanism and not humanitarianism. People who care for other people are humanitarians. All Christians should be humanitarians. Secular humanism is the philosophical perception that views people as, apart from God, and denies the truth of the Creator/creature relationship; Nebuchadnezzar’s view point exactly. God wouldn’t tolerate his arrogance. He judged him with insanity driving him out to live with the beasts and eat grass like an ox; until he was restored by God’s mercy and love. How fitting to view humanism as insanity. (James Montgomery Boice)
Humanism is opposed to God and hostile to Christianity. We must heed the apostolic letter to the Romans, chapter 12; “don’t be conformed to this world…” We must be careful to avoid putting ourselves in the center. This is not a new danger. It started in the garden of Eden. “You will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5
In verses 34&35 of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar’s speech is quite different… “At the end of days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eye to heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”
Grace is the gift of God to those that are willing to submit to God. No deals, no schemes, and no alternate strategies. It is now and ever will be; Christ and Christ alone. God will not share his glory. The plan of salvation is to glorify God.