Trusting God

Recently I’ve been reading the Book of Daniel in the Bible.  Every time I read or study a Book of the Bible, it’s always my favorite.  But Daniel is one that remains a timeless favorite.  It’s so fascinating, rich, diverse, and challenging.

From the very beginning we see the dominant theme of Daniel at work.  The first two verses, in Daniel 1:1-2, read:

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.  And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god.

The theme of Daniel is that God is the eternal and sovereign King who reigns over all the kingdoms of the earth.  At the very beginning of Daniel, we see God taking the kingdom from His chosen people and handing it over to a pagan nation.  And He even gives them some of the treasures from His own temple!

Why would He do a thing like that?  There is a good reason (He was using it to work out His plan to redeem all humanity), but the reason is not even the point here.  The point is that He’s God, He’s in control, and He can do whatever He wants.  He doesn’t govern by committee.  He’s the King.

But He’s not some kind of self-centered, brutal dictator.  To the contrary, He’s a loving Father.  He cares for us, He loves us, He has our best interests at heart.  He proved that by giving His own Son, Jesus Christ, for us.  He did not withhold His very best from us, just as He did not withhold the articles of His temple from Nebuchadnezzar.

God loves us.  He’s in control.  We can totally trust Him.

This is an important truth for us to carry with us daily.  But it’s especially timely during this point in our nation’s history.  We can talk about the voters in Texas and Ohio casting their ballots to choose the person who might very possibly be our next President.  Ultimately, however, God will place in office the person He wants to put there.  And He will use them for His purposes.  This doesn’t mean that everything they do is ordained by God (quite often, it’s obviously not!), but it does mean that we can relax: God is in control.  He loves us.  We can trust Him.

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