Sunday, we returned to the story in Daniel 4 that we looked at last week; the story of king Nebuchadnezzar’s conversion to faith in God and his renunciation of pride. Pride had been a life-long struggle for him, but through a seven-year ordeal where he lived the life of a cow, God humbled him and brought him into genuine relationship with himself. In Daniel 4:34-35, Nebuchadnezzar makes a theological statement about the sovereignty of God:
“…. I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal. All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He does as he please among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, ‘What do you mean by doing these things?”
In short, God’s sovereignty means that nothing is outside of or beyond God’s awareness, his plans, his timing or his control nothing!
- Isaiah 40:15
- Isaiah 46:9-11
- Psalm 103:19
- Psalm 115:3 “
Pastor Tim acknowledged that for many, God’s sovereignty mean that either God is sovereign but not good, or he is good but not sovereign. In many people’s mind, He can’t be both. The difference between which direction a person goes with it depends a lot on whether he/she is willing to live with the ‘long view’ of life or not; and, whose plans are more important to us—our plans or God’s?
We have limited knowledge and a limited timeframe. God does not. Sometimes we will gain understanding of God’s plans, and other times we will not. But, God always gets it!Our challenge is to exercise “the long view” (the eternal perspective) and to want God’s glory more than our own.
No matter what you may be experiencing, or feeling about God’s sovereignty, please remember that it’s not over till it’s over. Your life’s story isn’t finished yet. The pain, disappointment, twists and turns have meaning and significance and God is working to make something beautiful and meaningful and purposeful for his glory.
And by faith and with gritty patience we say with the Apostle Paul, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28