Daniel – The Sovereignty of God

The theme of the book of Daniel is clearly that God rules…PERIOD. I encourage you to take a scan through the book of Daniel, or even just read through the book. Whether or not you can understand all the visions and symbols, one thing is plain in every single chapter of this book – God is on the throne, and He always will be.

He rules the future. God knew that Babylon would be followed by Persia which would be followed by Greece and then followed by Rome. Daniel, through God’s inspiration, foretold of the time of Israel’s return from captivity, the coming of the Messiah, and when Rome would destroy Jerusalem and persecute Christians.

He rules the kingdoms of men, and puts on the throne whomever He wishes. Babylon existed for a purpose and for a season, and then God moved them out of the way to bring in Persia as He continued to accomplished His divine plan.

He rules the spiritual realm. Look at how much is said about angels and the spiritual realm in this book. God is sovereign over the unseen domain, too.

He rules nature. 3 men are thrown into a super-heated furnace and come out not even smelling like smoke. An arrogant king is turned into a grass-eating beast for a time and then returned to human form. Daniel is thrown into a lion’s den, and God shut their mouths.

He rules over the hearts of men. Daniel’s heart was well known to God, as well as the hearts of King Nebuchadnezzar and King Belshazzar. In fact, God put visions in each one of their heads so that later He could tell them what they dreamed and what it meant!

He rules from everlasting to everlasting. In Daniel 7, He is called the “Ancient of Days.” His kingdom is one that will reign forever. Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome are gone, and the same will be true of the U.S. one day. But God’s kingdom is forever and ever!

By the way, all these qualities of God in Daniel…it sure sounds a lot like Jesus in the New Testament, doesn’t it?

Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.”
(Daniel 2:20-22)

And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever,
(Daniel 2:44)

How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation.
(Daniel 4:3)

Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: “Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”
(Daniel 6:25-27)

And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.’
(Daniel 7:27)

The God Whose Plans Don’t Fit In A Sitcom

On a personal note: Thank you to all for your encouragement, prayers, and overwhelming support of my family as we walk through the recovery and healing process after our barn fire. God is good, all the time.

The God Whose Plans Don’t Fit In A Sitcom by Jason Hardin

I want to share with you a sermon that I watched this morning that I really needed. This sermon is by Jason Hardin, and it is called “The God Whose Plans Don’t Fit in a Sitcom.”

At the end of Jason’s sermon, he spoke of 4 conclusions that we can build our lives upon, and they were a blessing to me for sure.

  1. At pivotal moments in life, the people of God had no idea WHAT God was doing; some times neither will we.
  2. At many points in life, we won’t understand WHY God is allowing certain things to happen.
  3. And yet, the clear testimony of Scripture is that He knows perfectly what He is doing.
  4. Therefore, rather than being anxious about things we cannot change…let’s make sure to seek Him while He may be found.

I would add, I don’t know the what nor the why, but I know the WHO. Like the old song sings, “I don’t know about tomorrow, but I know Who holds my hand.”

When I am lifted up from the earth

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32).

Recently, Nathan Booth presented a sermon here at home about the sovereignty of God. Great sermon. At the beginning, he posed a question on how this topic of the sovereignty of God affects our kids. What does the sovereignty of God, the fact that God reigns supreme in all aspects of our life, have to do with how we raise our children? Nathan then proceeded to move into his lesson about God’s sovereignty.

At the end of the lesson, he took us to John 12:32 when Jesus spoke of His coming death on the cross. “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” Meaning…His cross was the drawing power that would bring all people to Him.

So, Nathan turned that phrase on us as parents and asked, “are we lifting up Jesus at home?” Does Jesus have full sovereignty? In other words, does He reign supreme in our home? How do we expect our children to be “drawn” to Jesus when we do not lift Him and His cross up as the foundation and authority for everything we say and do? Are we as parents pointing our children’s attention to Jesus and His cross? Or are we directing their attention to ourselves, or even worse to the things of this world that do not profit?

Do we lift up Jesus and His cross in our home?

Does Jesus reign supreme in our choices, our plans, and our discussions on what to do and where to go in life?

Do we lift up Jesus in our entertainment choices?

Is Jesus exalted in our clothing? I’m not talking about wearing a shirt with a Bible message on it. I’m talking about are we dressing modestly and honoring Christ in our clothing?

Do we lift up Jesus as the Lord and God in how we talk about His church?

Finally, do our children see that in everything, absolutely everything in our lives, that Jesus is the sovereign Lord?

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father (Colossians 3:17).