What I Have in Common with King Nebuchadnezzar

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“After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned,

and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal. All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, ‘What do you mean by doing these things?‘ Daniel 4:34-35 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, I love this passage, and the truth it affirms. It gives me peace and hope, as I pray for (and vex about) our current political quagmire. Like Nebuchadnezzar, I’m in constant need of bowing my knees and acknowledging your sovereign rule over all things. I’m thankful you are God, and I am not. Forgive me when I think less of you, and otherwise of me.

Father, I’m glad you do as you please, and not as we beg. I’ve lived long enough to praise you for “No’s” I’ve received to prayers for which I naively wanted a “Yes.” You do all things well, not easy; but in time, you will make all things beautiful. Give me grace in this day to wait for that Day.

Help me trust your heart when I cannot see your hand. Forgive me for thinking I need to inform you about national crises and personal situations—as though you’re not aware; or worse, as though you don’t care. Thank you Father, for your kindness and patience. When I’m fearful and faithless, under-believing and over-stressing, you remain steadfast and in control.

So as this day begins, and continues, I’m grateful to affirm that Jesus has the hearts of all kings and candidates in his hand; and that you not only care for birds and fields, but also for us. Nothing happens apart from your sovereign decrees and eternal delight.

Forgive me when I doubt your faithfulness, and grant me grace when I struggle with your hiddenness. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ trustworthy and worship-worthy name.

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