17: Daniel’s Sovereign God

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar:
“Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.”
Daniel 4:32 NIV

Nebuchadnezzar said (after his season of the insanity of pride):
“At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: ‘What have you done?'”
Daniel 4:33-35 NIV

Daniel knew God.  He named Him “Most High.”  The God of Daniel was above the highest power that dwelt on earth and nothing had control of Him and nothing could stop Him.  For Daniel, God was sovereign.  And because his God was sovereign, that Divine Sovereignty began to appear in Daniel’s heathen world.  And amazingly…Daniel himself began to reign.

You the Bride – who are destined to rule – will never reign with your Husband unless you know the God who is over all, controlling all.  A Sovereign God imparts a ruling life to the one who will BE ruled.  And only to one who will be personally ruled.

Daniel was a young man in Israel when God’s judgment sent for Babylonian capture.  He was taken to Persia and began his destiny as a slave in the king’s palace.  Daniel’s assessment: “The Lord delivered (the king of Judah) in his (Nebuchadnezzar) hand.”

The Lord was above Daniel’s circumstance. The Lord was using a heathen tyrant for His own just purpose.  And that God! Daniel knew.  Daniel began to rise in favor by the marvel of his exceptional insight.  Wisdom is this: knowing that God is God.  He does as He pleases despite humanity’s disapproval.

Daniel came eventually to rule over the kingdom of his Evil Captor!  By prayer, he gained the interpretation of the king’s troubled dream – doing so, he gave ultimate credit to his God keeping no honor to himself.  Daniel’s God was the Only Real God and he saw himself merely as a low instrument under His imperial rule in every, in any, situation.

Humility is not a character quality buried in humanity waiting to be awakened.  Humility issues from seeing Sovereignty, from knowing who is God and just how much He is…God!  And who I am in contrast to that…   When you know God as Ultimate Authority, you automatically resign as pseudo-god and bend your stiff neck to the Only King. That alone is humility.  And Daniel had it: peculiar meekness meshed with utter fearlessness.

Daniel lived under the specter of a Fearsome God who could and did judge His own chosen people.  A God before whom to tremble. Under such a Sovereign, Daniel feared no little demigods.  Nebuchadnezzar had never seen such wisdom into secrets, such  “illumination,” and because Daniel acknowledged his source as “God of heaven,” Nebuchadnezzar bowed to Daniel’s God.

When your God is as sovereign as His truly is, you bring even heathens into the your living knowledge of Him as sovereign.

Then Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering
and incense be presented to him. The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.
Daniel 2:46, 47 NIV

Daniel’s promotion began and continued, based on his knowing that God governed despots, enthroned Above and Over all the earth and its pompous rulers.  Daniel’s Real God was the Only King, and he never ever bowed to nor feared any lower monarch.  He was not defiant nor did he ever undermine kings whose position and power Daniel saw as directly ordained from God.  To cruel pagans Daniel gave undeserved deference and remarkable respect.  His courtesy and service were the fruit of his concept of God as “Most High.”

You can only accept your living injustice, 
and conquer its tyranny over you
when your personal God is “Most High.”

Through two kings and even in the reign of their enemy, Daniel ruled.  He reigned as one of 200 wise men, then he ruled as one of three over the Babylonian kingdom, empire that was his enemy!  Finally he held the sole position of absolute authority in Babylon, second only to Darius.

You will only rule and reign as you are ruled and reigned-over by the Only Sovereign, the God that Daniel knew.  Daniel’s dominion came from his bowed knee three times a day, every day, year after year, surrendering his life and rights to the God of All.

In the end, Daniel saw the Ancient of Days and the Son of Man on the Throne of Sovereignty in which he had believed for so long without earth’s evidence.   And to Daniel, this Absolute God shared secrets of a distant future, Sovereign Plans overriding human thrones and garish schemes.  These wonders appeared to the trembling Daniel.

The Sovereign Lord delighted to capture Daniel into His ultimate intimacy.  And He revealed, to this one who knew His Present Reign, the Final Victory of His throne—a vision which was hidden even from most who bore His name, but vivid and actual to Daniel whose God was God!

Your own opportunity to sit with your Lord, for eternal significance as a vessel of His dominion, all rests on your concept of how much God really is…GOD.  And whether – as Daniel – you let Him reign supremely and practically over you! 

Then the sovereignty, the dominion and greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, 
and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.
Daniel 7:27 NASB

The saints who will be utterly ruled, will one day reign by Him, in Him whose kingdom is permanent and absolute.  Sovereignty is the test of life and the invisible position of God.  His reign is, at this time, in question as it was in Daniel’s day of pagan dominion.  It is for you to settle the issue.

How much is your God, GOD? How you understand and serve God’s Ruling Throne now, will set the permanent bounds of your unending future. You rule by being ruled.

Copyright © 2002 Martha Kilpatrick, The Bride Is Ready

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