“But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
“All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’” (Daniel 4:34–35)
I want to get in the habit of more regularly blogging my thoughts and arguments. The reason I haven't always done so is because of, a) lack of time or b) nothing super-profound to say. Of course, my primary focus of this blog is to bring God glory through the proclamation of the truth, assist those who are searching, and to engage in intelligent, respectful dialogue. In addition, i'd like to hold myself accountable for what I believe. And sometimes the best way to do this is to be vulnerable to public correction; something that having a blog with open comments can certainly do. Sometimes your critics can be your best friend in helping one to sharpen, refine, or completely abandon held beliefs.
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Daniel 4:34-35 is a text which has always provoked some thought with regards to the sovereignty of God. Is God in control or is He not? That is, do some things happen in this world that God possibly allowed but had no involvement with? Sometimes, we think that when bad things happen, God had nothing to do with it. Again, He might have permitted it to take place, but certainly didn't decree it. Perhaps I can put it very plainly: God only decrees good things; but man and the natural world cause bad things.
"All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing" is the utterance of praise from the pagan king, Nebuchadnezzar. This doesn't mean that God has no concern for the earth and its inhabitants, for the next part of this verse states, "but He does according to His will in the host of heaven." That is, all the inhabitants are accounted as nothing in that they cannot thwart God's will.
This raises some interesting questions for consideration. Is God's sovereign decree, as stated in Daniel 4:34-35, related only to some things that happen in this world or all things? If its only related some things, then would this not suggest that God is not in full control of all that happens in this world? If God merely allows some things to happen, what would be His purpose in doing so? Why "allow" some things to happen while at the same time "decreeing" other things to happen?
Depending on where you stand, your answers to these questions could profoundly affect how you view the world that you live in as well as the one you worship and declare as Sovereign.