We are studying these days the Book of Daniel with the theme in mind of Big God Theology. For the last few weeks we have been looking at Him as ‘The God Of Restoration’.
We have looked at several great truths in Nebuchadnezzar’s plight on the road to being fully restored to the only wise God.
Let us look today at Chapter 4, verses 35-37 and ‘The Sovereign Over The King’. Take some time before you read my article and read our text. These are the clearest verses in the entire Bible to picture just how big our God is.
In verse 35 I find ‘God’s Reigning Of Sovereignty’. Let us remember these are the words of Nebuchadnezzar after eating grass for seven years and then to experience a spiritual awakening to the King of all Kings. He speaks of God’s view of all the inhabitants of the earth. God reputed them as nothing. The word ‘repute’ means to give the estimate or value of something. The word ‘nothing’ is our word for a zero with the rim rubbed out. In Isaiah 40, God said, the inhabitants of the earth look to Him like a bunch of grasshoppers camping out in a pup tent. Oh, to see ourselves as God sees us. We are of no value. We are but dust to Him. The only thing that gives us value is if we are the house where His Son resides. The earthly king says of God in verse 35 that He does according to His will in heaven and earth. You cannot stop Him or say to Him, ‘What are you doing?’ To believe this you will have to set aside the exercise of your will. To believe this you will not make great claims to have your free will of choice. To know Him and His will is to know that your will only takes you away from God, never toward Him. Any act of our free will is an act of rebellion and rejection of His will. His will is never our will.
In verses 36-37 I find ‘Nebuchadnezzar’s Restoration Of Sovereignty’. While he is giving glory to the God of Heaven, all the honor of his earthly kingship is returned to him. In verse 37 it seems he wants to spend his life giving God all the glory because he now knows that God is able to abase those who walk in pride.
Let us remember the road to being restored to God is not always a smooth journey. Because of our free will we continue to think we can work it out our self. David had a long road between the night with Bathsheba, the murder of her husband and, Psalm 23:3 where he says, ‘He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His names sake.’ The road for David also held the death of the baby conceived by Bathsheba, his son raped his sister, while the other son killed the brother who raped the sister. The son killed by his brother was then hung in a tree by his hair and one of David’s army generals shot him with an arrow.
At the end of this restoration process David was able to say, ‘It is good for me that I have been afflicted that I might learn thy statutes.’ I am glad He is a Big God who is winning to restore but the price tag is often expensive.