Daniel 2:44

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“And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.”

Daniel 2:44

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This passage comes from a really remarkable story in the book of Daniel. Plagued by dreams, Nebuchadnezzar calls forth all the wisemen, scribes, and priests of his nation seeking to understand the dreams. But because he doesn’t truly trust them, he challenges them to tell HIM what he was dreaming before they interpret the dream. Totally stumped, they declare that no one could do that unless they were a god. Furious, the king gives orders to kill all the wisemen of Babylon! (Nebuchadnezzar had a bit of a temper!)

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Now, Daniel and his friends were counted among the “wisemen” of Babylon and when Daniel hears that they are to be put to death, he pleads with the king for a grace period where he and his friends could pray and seek God’s truth about the dreams and their interpretation. The king grants him this grace period and stays his hand against all the wisemen until Daniel has time to consider the matter and take it before God.

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God is faithful to Daniel and his friends and reveals to Daniel not only WHAT the king’s dreams were but also what they mean. Daniel tells the king, “As for the secret about which the king has inquired, neither wise men, sorcerers, soothsayer priests, nor diviners are able to declare it to the king. However, there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days.”

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He explains that the dreams were prophecies about and against the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. And then he explains that God will establish a final kingdom that will never be destroyed. This is the Kingdom of God, of which Jesus will be King forevermore! (For the entire story, be sure to go read the whole chapter. It is so good!)

MIR Immanuel
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Can you imagine?! Not only is this king getting inspired dreams foretelling the future of four great kingdoms, but God also speaks through a lowly captive to give the king the truth of His great power and eternal reign! SO amazing! There are two points I think we can take away from this story that apply to our lives today...

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1. God is Lord over even the most corrupt leaders. In this story, God uses even a non-believing king who, if you remember, in the very next chapter, even after witnessing this amazing work of the One True God, still erects a golden statue of himself for all the people to worship. And when Daniel’s friends (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) refuse to bow down, he throws them in the fiery furnace. (Spoiler alert! God still wins and the three are delivered! Go read it! So cool!)

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Even though Nebuchadnezzar was not a follower, was not sensitive to the leading of God, and was, by all accounts a pretty messed up dude, God still used him! So, when we look at our leadership and wonder how God could ever use people we don’t like, remember Nebuchadnezzar. God can and does use anyone He wants for His glory. He is not hindered by the human leaders in power.

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2. Kingdoms have risen and fallen since the beginning of time. But one Kingdom will remain forevermore- The Kingdom of God. We don’t need to fear when governments change, leaders falter, or countries fall. Of course, God calls us to work toward the good of the country we are a part of. But in the end, we belong to an eternal Kingdom.

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When things on earth feel like they are falling apart, we can rest in the assurance that our King will never lose His throne. He will never be overthrown. He will never step down. We never need to fear that our eternal security is at risk from any enemy.

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So, this week, as we celebrate our King who reigns forevermore, let’s rest in the promise of His eternal Kingdom. Let’s strive for the good of our country not because our fate rests in its success or failure, but from a place of security in Christ. We can be an effective force for good because we have the promise that no matter what, we are secure. We can love well, serve well, and pray well because we know that no matter what happens to us here, we are okay.

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We can step back from the politics, the name-calling, the struggle, and the strife, and instead be champions for HIS kingdom come so that HIS will may be done. We can rest when things don’t go like we thought they should because we know that our King still sits on His throne. And HE will reign forever, amen!!!

EIP Immanuel
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King Jesus,

I trust You. I know that You are Lord of lords and King of kings. There is no authority on earth that is higher than You. I trust You to protect me and my loved ones as Your children and citizens of Your kingdom. I trust You to use even corrupt leaders to further Your Kingdom on earth. Jesus, help me to love, live, and serve from a place of security in You and not fear of this world. Help me to be motivated by Your Kingdom not the kingdoms of this world. I pledge allegiance to You and Your Kingdom forever.

AMEN!

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“And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.” 

Daniel 2:44

Behind the Scenes

This passage comes from a really remarkable story in the book of Daniel. Plagued by dreams, Nebuchadnezzar calls forth all the wisemen, scribes, and priests of his nation seeking to understand the dreams. But because he doesn’t truly trust them, he challenges them to tell HIM what he was dreaming before they interpret the dream. Totally stumped, they declare that no one could do that unless they were a god. Furious, the king gives orders to kill all the wisemen of Babylon! (Nebuchadnezzar had a bit of a temper!) 

Now, Daniel and his friends were counted among the “wisemen” of Babylon and when Daniel hears that they are to be put to death, he pleads with the king for a grace period where he and his friends could pray and seek God’s truth about the dreams and their interpretation. The king grants him this grace period and stays his hand against all the wisemen until Daniel has time to consider the matter and take it before God.  

God is faithful to Daniel and his friends and reveals to Daniel not only WHAT the king’s dreams were but also what they mean. Daniel tells the king, “As for the secret about which the king has inquired, neither wise men, sorcerers, soothsayer priests, nor diviners are able to declare it to the king. However, there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days.”  

He explains that the dreams were prophecies about and against the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. And then he explains that God will establish a final kingdom that will never be destroyed. This is the Kingdom of God, of which Jesus will be King forevermore! (For the entire story, be sure to go read the whole chapter. It is so good!) 

Make It Real

Can you imagine?! Not only is this king getting inspired dreams foretelling the future of four great kingdoms, but God also speaks through a lowly captive to give the king the truth of His great power and eternal reign! SO amazing! There are two points I think we can take away from this story that apply to our lives today… 

  1. God is Lord over even the most corrupt leaders. In this story, God uses even a non-believing king who, if you remember, in the very next chapter, even after witnessing this amazing work of the One True God, still erects a golden statue of himself for all the people to worship. And when Daniel’s friends (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) refuse to bow down, he throws them in the fiery furnace. (Spoiler alert! God still wins and the three are delivered! Go read it! So cool!) 

Even though Nebuchadnezzar was not a follower, was not sensitive to the leading of God, and was, by all accounts a pretty messed up dude, God still used him! So, when we look at our leadership and wonder how God could ever use people we don’t like, remember Nebuchadnezzar. God can and does use anyone He wants for His glory. He is not hindered by the human leaders in power.  

  1. Kingdoms have risen and fallen since the beginning of time. But one Kingdom will remain forevermore- The Kingdom of God. We don’t need to fear when governments change, leaders falter, or countries fall. Of course, God calls us to work toward the good of the country we are a part of. But in the end, we belong to an eternal Kingdom.  

When things on earth feel like they are falling apart, we can rest in the assurance that our King will never lose His throne. He will never be overthrown. He will never step down. We never need to fear that our eternal security is at risk from any enemy.  

So, this week, as we celebrate our King who reigns forevermore, let’s rest in the promise of His eternal Kingdom. Let’s strive for the good of our country not because our fate rests in its success or failure, but from a place of security in Christ. We can be an effective force for good because we have the promise that no matter what, we are secure. We can love well, serve well, and pray well because we know that no matter what happens to us here, we are okay. 

We can step back from the politics, the name-calling, the struggle, and the strife, and instead be champions for HIS kingdom come so that HIS will may be done. We can rest when things don’t go like we thought they should because we know that our King still sits on His throne. And HE will reign forever, amen!!! 

Crystal Garnett

Crystal Garnett

ACF Digital Discipleship Director and Church Planter

End in Prayer

King Jesus, 

I trust You. I know that You are Lord of lords and King of kings. There is no authority on earth that is higher than You. I trust You to protect me and my loved ones as Your children and citizens of Your kingdom. I trust You to use even corrupt leaders to further Your Kingdom on earth. Jesus, help me to love, live, and serve from a place of security in You and not fear of this world. Help me to be motivated by Your Kingdom not the kingdoms of this world. I pledge allegiance to You and Your Kingdom forever.  

AMEN! 

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