Peace = God Is God and We Are Not

“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 truths it affirms. But I don’t love it simply as a member of a fragile and complex world. I love it, and need it, because I have a lot in common with Nebuchadnezzar.

I’m in constant need of bowing my knees and acknowledging your sovereign rule over all things. Peace = you are God and I am not. Forgive me when I think less of you, and otherwise of me.

I’m glad you do as you please, not as we beg. I’ve lived long enough to praise you for some of the “No’s” I’ve received to prayers for which I desperately wanted a “Yes“. You do all things well, not all things 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 can’t see your hand. Forgive me for thinking I need to inform you about certain international crises and personal situations—as though you’re not aware, or worse, don’t care.

I’m grateful for your kindness and patience; especially when I’m fearful and faithless, under-believing and over-stressing, whining like a spiritual orphan or forgetting the gospel in the moment.

So as this day begins, and continues, I’m glad to know Jesus has the hearts of all kings and rulers in his hand; that you not only care for birds and fields, but for me and people I love; and that nothing can happen 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.

from Scotty Smith Posts – The Gospel Coalition


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