2012-12-27 “I … Lifted Up Mine Eyes Unto Heaven”

I … Lifted Up Mine Eyes Unto Heaven

 

Daniel 4:34-35And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

 

There are times when political leaders give themselves too much credit; in some cases the Lord graphically reminds them and us that He alone is God. When “Nebuchadnezzar” proclaimed, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30), he suddenly found himself driven from men, dwelling with the beasts of the field, eating grass as oxen, his body wet with dew, his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws. Under the mighty power of God, after a period of this great misery, he lifted up his eyes unto heaven and his understanding returned to him. But, now he understood some things that he didn’t before. He now understood that God alone is sovereign! Then “Nebuchadnezzar” submissively uttered one of the most powerful descriptions of God sovereignty given in the Bible. With his changed heart and new understanding, he proclaimed “all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”. In the New Testament, King Herod put on a glorious oratory performance and “the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man” (Acts 12:22). Then, “immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost” (Acts 12:23). Oh, the mighty power of our “most High” God! Let us pray “for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (I Timothy 2:1-2).

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