In today’s reading in Daniel 4, we see that King Nebuchadnezzar was arrogant and refused to acknowledge God’s sovereignty. He believed he was solely responsible for the building of magnificent Babylon by the ‘glory of his majesty.’  But the Lord had a lesson to teach him....he was not nearly as powerful, influential or glorious as he believed!  The Lord was determined to school Nebuchadnezzar on Who is truly sovereign and Who is ultimately in control...and it took a seven-year journey to do just that.

God told Nebuchadnezzar through Daniel that the ‘Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.’ We are aware of politicians today who would do well to heed this lesson!  But before we begin to point a judgmental finger, we must take a deep dive into our own heart to discern whether or not our thoughts and actions evidence a belief in God’s sovereignty.  Do we challenge His design and direction with questions like, “What have You done?”  (Daniel 4:35) Does our arrogance require Him to temporarily (or permanently) sideline us to adjust our perspective? 

Nebuchadnezzar is a lesson for us in God’s passion for His own glory. The king ultimately was able to say, ‘...honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride’ (4:37). Are you able to say that?!

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The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”  1 Peter 4:7-11

The book of 1 Peter is packed full of many challenges for us to live a life that honors God and brings Him Glory. Just in these few verses from our yearly Bible reading today we are encouraged to live with the end in mind. Truly we are challenged to “live to make Jesus known” to a watching world. We are to spend our moments and our years living “self controlled and sober minded” lives full of love, putting other’s needs above our own. We are to love each person we meet and Peter points out love is the answer to our relationships and our sin problem. Let us never forget it was God Himself who sent His Son to die on a cross for our sins. Peter challenges  us to be good stewards of “God’s grace, and His gifts He supplies for us.” What an amazing life we get to live sharing His very Word and serving Him each day with the strength He supplies. 

Scripture passages above taken from the English Standard Version, Accordance Bible Software Program. 

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