THE MOST HIGH GOD or THE MOST HIGH ME?
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?!