Acknowledging that the Most High is sovereign. And He invites us into His story.

Tim, my husband, leads the College small group on Wednesdaynights, and his lesson last week has been on my mind a lot this week. I thoughtI’d share with you.

He read some from Daniel 4 about King Nebuchadnezzar.He was a king with a palace, content and prosperous. He had a dream that madehim afraid, so he had all the wise men of Babylon to come before him andinterpret his dream, but none of them could interpret his dream. Finally Daniel(also known as Beltechazzar) came to the king. King Nebuchadnezzar was awarethat Daniel had in him the spirit of the holy God, and he told Daniel hisdream. In the dream, King Nebuchadnezzar saw a great and tall tree that touchedthe sky. It was abundant in fruit, the beasts of the earth found shelter underit, and the birds lived in its branches. From the tree, every creature was fed.Then he saw a messanger come down from heavan and told him to strip down andcut off the tree, leaving only the stump to be drenched, and let him live withthe animals and among the plants.

Daniel was greatly perplexed and confused, for thedream terrified him. Daniel told the king “You, oh king, are that tree! Youhave become great and strong and your greatness has grown until it reaches thesky and your dominion extends to the distant parts of the earth. The messanger,a holy one, said to cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump, lethim be drenched with dew of heaven, let him live like the wild animals untilseven times pass by for him until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign.” Daniel told the king to renounce hissins by doing what is right, and renounce his wickedness by being king for theoppressed. 

Only a year later, King Nebuchadnezzar walked aroundhis palace saying “I have built this Babylon as my royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty.” Then a voice came fromheaven and said “Your royal authority has been taken from you, you will bedriven away and live with the animals until seven times pass by and you acknowledgethat the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms and gives them to anyone hewishes.” Immediately, this was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.

At the end of that time, Nebuchadnezzar raised hiseyes toward heaven and his understanding was restored and he praised the MostHigh. And this is what he said:
“Hisdominion is an eternal dominion;
His kingdomendures from generation to generation.
All thepeoples of the earth are regarded as nothing.
He does ashe pleases
With the powersof heaven
And thepeoples of the earth.
No one canhold back his hand
Or say tohim “What have you done?””
At thattime, the kingdom was returned to Nebuchadnezzar. He was restored and becamegreater than before. “Now, I, King Nebuchadnezzar praise and exalt and glorifythe King of heaven, because everything he does is right all his ways are just. Thosewho walk in pride, He is able to make humble.”

This is notour story. It is God’s story. We can not invite Him into our plans or our story.This is His story. And He invites us to be a part of it. He invites us into His life and Hisplans. We can’t create our own plans and leave God out, and we can’t even make up our own plans and ask God to come into them. Our part is to be obedient to His plans! We need to acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign,ruler of all, independent, self governing, supreme, superior, the Most High, our Lord of Lords, and our Savior. Tim hearda story from one of Francis Chan’s videos. There was a girl getting ready tospeak, and she was really nervous saying, “God please show up when I’mspeaking, show up in that room, God please”, then the thought occurred to her,  God is saying, “Hey, this is My party, and Iinvited you.” Francis said “I know I’m always saying God please show up , andGod’s saying “No, I’m already here. Don’t you know that this is my party, not yours, you should be glad that Iinvited you into it. I’m gonna do what I’m gonna do, and you should be thankful that I invited you to be apiece of that.” We’ve got to realize that He is so sovereign, He is in controlof everything, He already has plans, and he just invites us into them, and weare called to simply be obedient!  Reallyamazing, huh?

Then we go to Isaiah 40. (Hang in there,this is good.) This is long but please read through it.
Startingat verse 6 (Emphasis added)
“A voicesays “Cry out”
And Isaid, “What shall I cry?”
   “All people are like grass,
   and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
   because the breath of the LORD blows on them.
   Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
   but the word of our God endures forever.”
 9 Youwho bring good news to Zion,
   go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[c]
   lift up your voice witha shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid; 

   say to the towns of Judah,
   “Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power,
   and he rules with a mighty arm.

See, his reward is with him,
   and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends hisflock like a shepherd:
   He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;

   he gently leads those that have young.
 12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow ofhis hand,
   or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
   or weighed the mountains on the scales
   and the hills in a balance?
13 Who canfathom the Spirit[d] of the LORD,
   or instruct the LORD as his counselor?
14 Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him,
   and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge,
   or showed him the path of understanding?
 15 Surely the nations are like a drop in abucket;
   they are regarded as dust on the scales;
   he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.

16 Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,
   nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.
17 Before him allthe nations are as nothing;
   they are regarded by him as worthless
   and less than nothing.
 18 With whom, then, will you compare God?
   To what imagewill you liken him?
19 As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
   and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
   and fashions silver chains for it.
20 A person too poor to present such an offering
   selects wood that will not rot;
they look for a skilled worker
   to set up an idol that will not topple.
 21 Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
   Have you not understood since the earth was founded?

22 He sitsenthroned above the circle of the earth,
   and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
   and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 He brings princes to naught
   and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.

24 No sooner arethey planted,
   no sooner are they sown,
   no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither
,
   and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.
 25 “Towhom will you compare me?
   Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up youreyes and look to the heavens:
   Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
   and calls forth each of them by name.

Because of his great power and mightystrength,
   not one of them is missing.
 27 Whydo you complain, Jacob?
   Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD;
   my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you notknow?
   Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He givesstrength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint.
Wow. Did you read that? AMAZING! God,who has all authority, who holds the world in the palm of his hand, placed thestars in the sky in perfect position, he sees us as little bitty grasshoppers,or like a small blade of grass that withers when his breath blows on us,  he holds the dust of the earth in a basket, the nations are like a drop in a bucket. He is sovereign, he is power, his ways pass upall our understanding, he does not grow tired or weary. He can merely blow onany of us, and we wither. The rulers with too much pride or power, he can blowon them and they wither, just like Nebuchadnezzar. The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms and gives them to anyone he wishes. He is God. And he has allauthority. No one can hold back his hand. He is sovereign.
And yet… he holds little bittynothingness us in his arms and keeps us close to his heart. We are so weak, buthe gives us strength. He keeps us from stumbling and falling. Any ounce ofpower we have, he gives it to us. And he can take it away, just as we saw withNebuchadnezzar. And he restores us and humbles us, and we will recognize him asthe Most High. He is sovereign. Those who hope in the Lord will renew theirstrength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not growweary, they will walk and not be faint.

This has changed my prayer life recently. Often, some of my prayers sound likethis, “God, please show up today in service,” or “give me the words to say andboldness to say it.” My perspective has changed. Remember? This is not our story. It is God’s story. We can not invite Him intoour our plans or our story. This is His story. And He invites us into it. He invitesus to have a part of His plans. My prayer should be more about justgiving Him glory, whatever it takes, and praying that I will walk in obedience. When I hear that little whisper to gotell someone about his grace and love, or to speak to me today in the service…I just have to be obedient and walk down the narrow path he has laid out longbefore me, I just have to have my heart and my ears open to his word and hisvoice. 
And lastly, Matthew 28. There is a newtwist to it that I know I haven’t picked up on before until Tim pointed it out.Starting with verse 18:
“ Then Jesus came to them and said, “Allauthority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go andmake disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and ofthe Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everythingI have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of theage.”
ALL AUTHORITY. All of it. All that authority that we justtalked about, was given to Jesus. He is sovereign, ruler of all, independent,self-governing, self-sufficient, supreme, superior, paramount, the Most High, he is our Lord. Thisis His story, His plans, and He has all authority…. And gives us a command, He gives little bitty me, a single blade of grass, a little weak lamb that he holds near to his heart…He gives me a command?


With all of His authority, He says
Go. Make disciples of all nations.
Teach them everything I have commanded you.
And He iswith us, always, to the very end of the age. 





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One thought on “Acknowledging that the Most High is sovereign. And He invites us into His story.

  1. Thanks for the insight into Scripture and how He works. Definitely He's invited you and your husband to His party. So glad you accepted the invitation.

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