2021-9-2

Daniel 4:1-37

  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. Daniel 4:34.
This verse sums up Daniel 4 as Nebuchadnezzar turned from man to animal due to his pride and ignorance toward the sovereign God. As he raised his eyes toward heaven, (before he was like an animal looking down to find grass to eat), he acknowledge there is a God in heaven who is sovereign over him and the world, his sanity returned and he turned from an animal to human.

  Do we live you live like King Nebuchadnezzer? When we keep our heads down, rely on ourselves to make a living and to solve our daily problems, do we forget to look up to our sovereign Lord? Our sovereign Lord who is the owner and maker of all things shall supply what we need. Are we proud of our achievements that we give credits to ourselves only? A Chinese saying “人定勝天”, Man is the maker of his own fate, or Man’s will not Heaven decides. Surely, followers of Christ know this is not true. There are few practical ways to strengthen our faith in response to God’s sovereignty.

  1. Start tithing. We are steward not owner of everything we have.  Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. (1 Chronicles 29:11). Tithing is a way to humble yourself to acknowledge our sovereign Lord.
  2. Live with a purpose. Everything we do, no matter how insignificant/significant must bring glory to God. When you change a stinky diaper for a little baby or an aging parent, do this with a heart to serve the LORD. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17. 
  3. Do not take revenge. When you get cut off on the highway, force to pay for services that you do not need, get cheated, slandered, or discredited by someone, we tend to retaliate by taking revenge on the person/organization who hurt us. We are apt to write a lengthy nasty review on social media and we rehearse in our mind how to destroy that person. Remember, our God is sovereign. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written:  “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, ” says the LORD. Romans 12:19   — Alan Yam

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