God is in Control?

This week we will be finishing up our time with Daniel (at least for now.)

Last week we left off with the story of the Fiery Furnace.  Today we will once again be reminded that God is in control.

Right now it may be hard to see that God is control.  With the hostile attitude towards Christians these days it can seem like God is loosing here.  But, we must remember that we already know the end of this story and God wins.  Did you catch that…God wins!

We can learn a lot from History.  The stories in the Bible were indeed written for our learning:

Romans 15:4 (KJV): For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

This is why I believe I am so drawn to Daniel right now.  God wants to give us hope as we start moving closer to Christ’s return.

We are still kicking it kid’s style with Essex 1., Daniel Chapter 4:

We have a hard time believing God is in control. We like to think that we are in control of everything. King Nebuchadnezzar did. Of course he did. Remember, he was the mightiest king on earth.But then he had another dream.

King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream frightened him. And so he called in all his magicians, astrologers, fortunetellers and wisemen to tell him what it meant……

Oh, oh. The magicians, astrologers, fortunetellers and wisemen were in trouble again! They didn’t know what the king’s dream meant!

And so King Nebuchadnezzar sent for Daniel, because he knew that God was with him.

The King told Daniel his dream, and Daniel became so afraid he couldn’t speak.

“Don’t be afraid to tell me what my dream means,” said King Nebuchadnezzar.

“Your majesty, I wish I could tell you something different, but this is the message that God has given you in your dream. You are the tree you saw in your dream. Your kingdom is great, and your power reaches over all the world. But then you saw the tree was cut down, and you saw a man who lived like an animal. This is what God says will happen.

“You are the greatest king in the whole world, but you are nothing compared to the God of heaven. And so that you will know that you have no power at all, except what God has given you, your kingdom will be taken away from you.

“For seven years you will live with the animals in the forest. You will eat grass like a cow. You will sleep on the ground, and when you wake up each morning, you will be wet with dew. Then you will admit that the Almighty God is king over all the earth. He is the one who gives power to whomever he chooses.”

“But, your majesty,” continued Daniel, “When you DO admit that God rules over all things on earth, then your mind will be restored to you, and you shall be king again.”

And then Daniel gave the king this great, but simple advice,

“Stop sinning,
do what is right,
take care of the poor,
and God will bless you in wonderful ways.”

And nothing happened.

But then one day, King Nebuchadnezzar was walking along a balcony of his royal palace in the golden light of the early evening. He looked out over the great city of Babylon and all that he possessed. “What a great and mighty king I am!” he said.

Before the words were even out of his mouth, a voice from heaven said, “King Nebuchadnezzar! Now is your power taken away from you!”

And in that moment, the great and mighty King Nebuchadnezzar became like an animal. He ran from the comfort of his palace and lived in the fields and forests.

And then one day King Nebuchadnezzar looked up to the sky.

He admitted that God was King over all things. And immediately he came to his right mind again. He praised God, and said,

Now I know that God is King over all things
in heaven and on earth!

King Nebuchadnezzar returned to his royal palace, and God gave his kingdom back to him, even greater than before.

As I said before, I am not sure where we are as it relates to Christ’s return, but I do know these scripture somehow apply because they were written for us to learn and follow.

What does God want us to learn here?  What does God want us to know about Daniel 4.  Where is the hope in Daniel 4?

Here is what I believe God wants us to take from this:

Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom was restored when the king realized God was the ultimate King.  When Nebuchadnezzar finally bowed to the King of Kings, his kingdom was restored.

This can be applied to individuals in regards to salvation.  As once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we can be restored.  Acceptance of Jesus is vital to salvation because you can’t recognize God as the ultimate authority without Jesus because Jesus is 1/3 God.

But, I think there is a deeper connection here.  Some may say, I am reaching, and maybe I am, but maybe, just maybe, there is something here:

I believe King Nebuchadnezzar could represent America.  God could be warning us that  because America does not recognize Him as the one and only God, He will be taking His hand off  America ( I think this will come with the signing of the Iran deal).  However, if America will come to her senses, she too will be restored (at least for a time).  This is where we will see the great revival that soo many Christians have been waiting and praying for to happen.

 

And there folks is our hope.

Although, taking a look at Chapter 5 has me questioning everything…..so stayed tuned.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,

Missy

 

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