Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Lessons from King Nebuchadnezzar

Sometimes if Grayson is busy doing something, but I want his attention, I get in his face. I get in between his eyes & the computer, or phone, or whatever he's reading. Sometimes I just want attention.  And when I do that, he usually puts down what he's doing & pays attention to me.

God did that with King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel.  Nebuchadnezzar was known for his building projects...like the elaborate Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  He was king, & proud of it.  He loved the control & the power that he could use to gain more glory for himself.  He created idols for his people to bow to, & essentially made an idol of himself.  

God is never happy when we try to worship something that isn't the One worthy of worship.  He got in Nebuchadnezzar's face through several dreams that Daniel interpreted for him.  Then Nebuchadnezzar would see that Daniel's God was the One True God.  In Daniel 4:3, he declares,

"How great are His signs, how mighty His wonders!  His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, & His dominion endures from generation to generation."

But after that...he went back to being prideful King Nebuchadnezzar.  Until God got his attention again, & he turned to praise Him.

How often do we do that?  God SHOWS us that He is worthy of worship.  That He is the reason for any  good thing in our lives.  Yet we don't stop attributing that goodness to other things (our own skills, luck, other people, etc.) & praise Him.  That must feel like such rejection.

The She Reads Truth devotional on Daniel said, "There were times when the Truth appeared to catch the king's attention, but still yet, his worship was misplaced."  God demands worship.  If we don't give it to Him, He will still be worshiped.  

Luke 19:40 says that when we are silent, even the ROCKS will praise Him. 

It's pretty cool that the rocks would cry out...but I'd rather that not be because I failed to worship.

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