Monday, February 1, 2016

God is Sovereign--P1

A few weeks ago during our Wednesday night bible study, I asked my pastor "What does sovereign mean?"
There were several others present and I got a satisfactory response.  
Sovereign means Supreme ruler and ultimate authority.  
That really does describe God.  

This morning while doing laundry I read from Psalm chapter 2.  As I read and re-read this psalm the Spirit of God said to me "sovereign".  
Here in this psalm we read the kings and rulers have joined together to and decided to come against God's anointed people. 
God however, is sitting on His throne in heaven laughing these men and their foolish plan.  
God's response is this "I have put this king on the throne of my people, upon my holy hill in Zion." Expounding a little more, "only by My word and authority shall he be removed. Not yours, but Mine." 
A great example of God's sovereignty can be found in the book of Daniel.  
In Daniel chapter 4 King Nebuchadnezzar says to himself as he looks out at his kingdom "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?"  
Heavy words from someone, who a few chapters earlier attributed it all to Daniel's God.  
Before the words were completely out his mouth, God spoke to Nebuchadnezzar and said "your kingdom is taken from you."  
The king was thereafter told he would be removed from men and sent to live and eat in the field with the beasts of the land, as one of them, for seven years.  Verse 33 shows how he lived.  His body was wet with the dew of the heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles feathers, and his nails like birds claws.
At the end of this 7 year period Nebuchadnezzar lifted up his eyes to heaven and understanding returned to him and  in verse 34 "he blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him that lives forever, whose dominion an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation." Verse 37 "Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He is able to abase (make humble)."

It was a hard lesson for king Nebuchadnezzar to learn.  What is it like to live as an animals and eat as they do for 7 years?  
What did the people think when they saw the king, their king, living like a wild animal?  
I can only guess.  
However, his last words ring true "all those who walk in pride shall be brought low, by the hand of God."  
Going back to the second psalm, many nations today have kings and rulers who see themselves as a god and supreme being.  Their goal is to rule with absolute authority and demand vows of allegiance from their subjects.  God says otherwise.  It is God who moves men as pawns for His purposes.  Not the other way around.  No one can circumvent God and His authority.  He sits on the thone that is everlasting.  Sadly, just as Nebuchadnezzar had to learn this truth, many today will learn it and not all will acknowledge God as King of kings and LORD of lords.  
See you in part 2.

God bless