The Sovereignty of God
And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honored him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation – Daniel 4:34
To say that God is sovereign is simply to say that he is the only ruler of everything and everyone.
Many earthly sovereigns have existed in the history of the world, with unchecked authority over their particular kingdoms… for a period of time. But for each of them, the end of their reign was fast-approaching — for Julius Caesar there was Brutus, for Napoleon there was Waterloo, for others there was simply old age.
Here Nebuchadnezzar asserts, not only the sovereignty of the one true God—“the most High”—but he also honors a unique and all-but-unthinkable attribute of this Sovereign: his reign is endless! Not only will he live forever, but his dominion is also unending in its scope, its power, and its longevity.
Emperors and pharaohs and dictators have all come and gone. Yet, God has never abdicated his throne.
To think we are so impressed by the speculations of scholars, the power of politicians, or the influence of icons! While all the while God sits on his eternal throne, and many of us hardly give him a thought.
May we consciously crown this God as the king of our generation, the ruler of our heart, the benevolent dictator of our lives.