Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Whom Do You Hail?

Is God your King?

Do you bow your knee to His majesty?

Do you submit to His rule and authority?

Many are happy to call Him Savior.
He is called teacher, guide, counselor, father, friend and co-pilot.

But though they use the word, many fail to truly recognize Him as Lord - as Sovereign, as King.

If He is King, then he has absolute authority in your life.
All rights are surrendered to His rule.

The right to comfort.
The right to prosperity.
The right to preference.
The right to independence.
The right to protest.

Some of these things He grants - to some - from time-to-time - as He sees fit.
Some of these things He redeems - transforming them from selfish ambition to Holy expressions.

The point, however, is that we surrender these things, under His sovereign rule.

In truth, He is a good, kind & loving King.
However, this in no way diminishes the fact that He is King.

In his time, Nebuchadnezzar was one of the most powerful men in the world - ruler of a vast and mighty nation. So powerful, that for a time, he even fancied himself a god, commanding the nation to bow and worship him. In his pride, he defied the one true God, and God allowed Nebuchadnezzar's pride to descend to insanity - until at one point, Nebuchadnezzar fled from his own kingdom, into the wild, where he lived for a time among the animals. He ate grass. His hair and nails grew long and disheveled. He smelled of must and mildew, covered from day to day with dew, rain, dust and mud.

And in His grace, God saved him.

Did you know this? Did you know that Nebuchadnezzar - often seen as one of the great enemies of the people of God - repeatedly hails God as King on High?

In the book of Daniel, Chapter 4, Nebuchadnezzar says,
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. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "what have you done?"...Now, I Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble. 
For the king of Babylon, it took insanity - living in the wilderness, like an animal - for him to humble himself, to recognize God as King.

What will it take for you?

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