At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” Dan. 4:34-35
Dear Lord Jesus, this Scripture confronts our unbelief, tames our fears, and consoles our hearts. We can’t be reminded too often whose kingdom and which King is actually in control, of world events and our daily circumstances.
You have no rivals, contingencies, or concerns. There’s no sweat on your palms, vacancy in your eyes, or vexation in your heart. You set up kings and you sit them down at your discretion. You live forever, your dominion is eternal, your kingdom endures, and you do as you please . . . period!
Even as you brought King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to his theological and political senses, so keep us in gospel sanity. Forgive us when we pay more attention to political pundits, sensational blogs, news-naysayers, and talk shows crazies, than we take notice of the occupied throne of heaven and listen intently to what you have to say to us in your Word.
Today—right now, we affirm that you, Lord Jesus, are already the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The government of all things is presently resting on your broad shoulders. Your kingdom is the only unshakable and eternal kingdom. Indeed, of the increase of your government and peace there will be no end.
Jesus, we humble ourselves before you as our Sovereign King and we raise our hands in adoration of you; for you, our unrivaled Sovereign, have made us, your beloved Bride. What wondrous love is this, indeed, that you would conquer, capture, and enrapture us for yourself?
May our sure and rich standing in grace, compel us into a life of neighbor love and community engagement, and great, great hope. So very Amen we pray, in your triumphant and tender name.