272. There is a Higher Authority

0006873Daniel 5:18-21 NKJV O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom and majesty, glory and honor. (19) And because of the majesty that He gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whomever he wished, he executed; whomever he wished, he kept alive; whomever he wished, he set up; and whomever he wished, he put down. (20) But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him. (21) Then he was driven from the sons of men, his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. They fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till he knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses.

King Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful leader and ruler of his day. During his reign there were no kingdoms that could compare to the strength and riches of the Babylonians. Daniel 5:19 records that “all peoples, nations & languages trembled and feared before him.” There was no one that could stand against him and everyone feared his power and the greatness of his kingdom. At least that is what he thought.

Nebuchadnezzar was greatly lifted up in pride and although God reached out to him, warned him and gave him a year to humble himself and repent of his pride, he did not. In one day, Nebuchadnezzar was driven from the palace to the fields and away from aristocratic society. He lived as an animal eating the grass of the field, sleeping on the ground, apparently unable to communicate or think like a man. He lived as a beast with his hair and fingernails growing like one. (Daniel 4)

During this time, he was not feared for his great intellect, strength or power. He may have been feared for his appearance, but no one feared the power he wielded. It had been taken from him and with it the fear of man toward him. After 7 seasons, his sanity returned and he had a massive attitude adjustment. He now understood that no matter how much power he may amass that the Lord was Most High and rules over all human kingdoms.

There are a few takeaways we can have here. One is to remember the dangers of pride and recognize that everything we do or accomplish could not be done without the Lord. Another and what I’d like to stress is that no matter how much real or perceived power a person, a group, or a government may amass, our God is still Lord Most High and the ruler over all kingdoms. At present there are many Christians throughout the world, as well as here in the United States that are afraid of political powers and figures. We are to love them, respect the offices they hold, but we are not to fear them or the power they possess.

We never have to fear nations, political leaders, or anyone because we are children of the Most High who rules over all kingdoms. It is in Him that we trust, serve and live. The just shall live by faith (Rom 1:17) and not in fear. Love God! Love People! Preach the Truth in Love! Do not fear! There is a Higher Authority.


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