God Is in Control.

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Are you concerned about corrupt leaders and immoral laws? Do your part. Communicate your opinion through the election process—get out and vote.

Elections come and go. Officials are elected. Laws are made. People experience the consequences of their choices as individuals and corporately (as a nation). So what happens when corporate (city, state and national) decisions are made that contradict the Word of God? As law-abiding citizens of a democracy we must submit to the laws of the land. However, as citizens of Heaven, we have the right to appeal unjust rules and take unrighteous rulers to the highest court—the Court of the Most High God.

God is in control. Ask King Nebuchadnezzar.

King Nebuchadnezzar was full of pride because of “his” accomplishments. “Nebuchadnezzar II defeated the Egyptians Assyrians at Carchemish, subdued Palestine and the region of Syria and, consolidating his power, controlled all the trade routes across Mesopotamia from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea.”(1) Plus, add the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) to his list of credits and you can see why he thought so highly of himself—enough to ignore the masses of slave labor he used to build his projects. He did it all by himself, right? That’s what he thought until he received a wake-up call from God.

Daniel 4:2-3 (TLB)
I want you all to know about the strange thing that the Most High God did to me.  It was incredible—a mighty miracle! And now I know for sure that his kingdom is everlasting; he reigns forever and ever. I, Nebuchadnezzar, was living in peace and prosperity, when one night I had a dream that greatly frightened me.”

Daniel, a Hebrew who served King Nebuchadnezzar, but was loyal to God, was the only person who could interpret the king’s dream. What did his terrifying dream mean?

Daniel 4:24-26 (TLB)
 “Your Majesty, the Most High God has decreed—and it will surely happen—that your people will chase you from your palace, and you will live in the fields like an animal, eating grass like a cow, your back wet with dew from heaven. For seven years this will be your life, until you learn that the Most High God dominates the kingdoms of men and gives power to anyone he chooses. But the stump and the roots were left in the ground! This means that you will get your kingdom back again when you have learned that heaven rules.”

Even though Daniel knew the king wouldn’t like bad news, he was honest.

Daniel 4:27 (TLB)
“O King Nebuchadnezzar, listen to me—stop sinning; do what you know is right; be merciful to the poor. Perhaps even yet God will spare you.”

Daniel did his part—he spoke the truth in love. Did King Nebuchadnezzar heed the warning?

Daniel 4:28-33 (TLB)
“But all these things happened to Nebuchadnezzar. Twelve months after this dream, he was strolling on the roof of the royal palace in Babylon, and saying, ‘I, by my own mighty power, have built this beautiful city as my royal residence and as the capital of my empire.’ While he was still speaking these words, a voice called down from heaven, ‘O King Nebuchadnezzar, this message is for you: You are no longer ruler of this kingdom. You will be forced out of the palace to live with the animals in the fields and to eat grass like the cows for seven years, until you finally realize that God parcels out the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he chooses.’
That very same hour this prophecy was fulfilled.”

Exactly twelve months after God gave King Nebuchadnezzar a chance to repent from his arrogance and mistreatment of the people, judgment fell.His seven-year period of insanity is a documented historical fact. Consider some other seven-year judgment cycles mentioned in the Bible:

  • 7 years of famine in Egypt—decreed in Pharoah’s dream (Genesis 41:25-27);
  • 7 years of famine, 3 months of war, or 3 days of pestilence–King David’s choice of judgments after he sinned against God. (2 Samuel 24:13)
  • 7 years of famine in Israel—judgment for idolatry in the land under the leadership of King Joram (2 Kings 8:1-3)

The good news is that God’s judgments are designed to lead people to repentance. Mercy is granted to those who choose to change. After seven years, King Nebuchadnezzar was restored to his position after he learned humility.

Daniel 4:37 (TLB)
“Now, I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of Heaven, the Judge of all, whose every act is right and good; for he is able to take those who walk proudly and push them into the dust!”

Are you concerned about corrupt leaders and immoral laws? Do your part. Communicate your opinion through the election process—get out and vote. Then, trust the Lord with the outcome. God is in control.

Source: 1. http://www.ancient.eu/Nebuchadnezzar_II/; Joshua J. Mark, 7/10/2010

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Valerie Morrow

Valerie Morrow was born-again at the tender age of 5, but has been chasing Jesus and the will of God seriously for about 10 years. She is well acquainted with the struggles and triumphs of Christian women. As a busy (we prefer the word productive) wife, mother, entrepreneur, leader, ministry student and writer, she focuses on being well-balanced, as a necessity in life. Valerie has been a waitress, a secretary, a receptionist, a marketing assistant, an account coordinator, an account manager, a marketing director, a business owner and the "candy lady." She has learned the meaning of being secure in Christ regardless of your position or function in life and loves to share her insights through devotionals, bible studies and "self- improvement" articles from a Biblical perspective. Valerie is the wife of Henry Morrow and the mother of two children. She is an active member of Victory Life Faith Center under the leadership of Pastor Lewis Brown.

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