August 21, 2014

Today you should read: Daniel 4

Our lives are for God’s glory – plain and simple – but we’ve bought the lie.  The lie that it is all about us – that we pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps – that life is what I make it.  It simply isn’t true.  This is especially hard when we experience fame or success – as in our story today.

King Nebuchadnezzar had it all.  Everyone bowed down to him – he had the choicest of accommodations, food, and women.  He had everything anyone could ever want… but he forgot where it came from.  He began to think it was because of him – his wisdom – his ability – his leadership.

God gave him a dream.  God often spoke through dreams and the king knew it.  The dream bothered him – what could it mean?  He asked all his magicians, enchanters, astrologers and fortune-tellers – no one knew.  Then someone thought of Daniel – God lived in him and would enable him to understand the dream.  Daniel explained that the kingdom was soon to be taken from Nebuchadnezzar if he didn’t repent and do what’s right (v.27).  He simply refused – he had a hard heart.

So… God let him live like a crazy man – like a wild animal.  He ate grass like a cow, he lived outdoors, his hair was as long as eagle’s feathers and his nails were like bird claws.  This would continue until he learned “that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone He chooses.”

This is true today, too.  God still rules in the same way.  He’s the one that allows us to prosper and suffer – he lets you flourish in business – find the right guy – build a successful church.  He is the one that rules and gives success and prosperity to who HE chooses.

If you are living a life of prosperity – it’s because God allowed it and He wants you to use it for His glory.  If you don’t – He might take it away.  If you’re struggling – it’s because God wants to get your attention and turn your focus to Him.

Never forget the words God spoke to king Nebuchadnezzar, “the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone He chooses.”

Posted by: Tim Parsons

Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

3 thoughts on “August 21, 2014”

  1. God using this story to remind us that life is to be spent raising His banner and not tooting our own horn reminds me of the words in a worship song.

    “It’s all about You, Jesus
    And all this is for You
    For Your glory and your fame
    It’s not about me
    As if You should do things my way
    You alone are God
    And I surrender to your ways”

    I have to sing this often. It’s so easy to get caught up chasing my plans and hopes.

  2. This is a convicting word that we all should be focused on bringing Him glory through any success that he allows to have. It’s ironic that a pagan king should give us one of the best descriptions in scripture about of how big our God really is. And these verses should be firmly planted in our hearts so we can keep a proper perspective of who we are and who He is.

    All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;
    He does according to His will in the army of heaven
    And among the inhabitants of the earth.
    No one can restrain His hand
    Or say to Him, “What have You done?”

    I’m convicted that to often I want my will to be done, and humbled to remember that God will make sure that he receives all the glory; because it’s always been His to begin with.

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