God’s Justice Wins

“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?’

“When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored as head of my kingdom, with even greater honor than before.

Daniel 4:34-37 New Living Translation

Twelve months after he had the dream, God’s judgment came down on Nebuchadnezzar. He was stricken with a mental illness that caused him to live like an animal, away from the city he had built. After the time of his judgment had passed, though, he recognized that he needed to humble himself before God. He looked up to heaven and regained his sanity. With his sanity returning, Nebuchadnezzar was returned to his place ruling over the kingdom of Babylon. He regained his position in society with a different attitude now.

The restoration of Nebuchadnezzar’s sanity brought about a time of worship in his heart. He acknowledged the greatness of the God of heaven and God’s ultimate control over his own destiny. Nebuchadnezzar may have built a great city for himself but God ultimately controlled his ability to enjoy it.

Nebuchadnezzar’s words of praise are a warning for the proud and powerful but they can also be words of comfort for the oppressed. When we find ourselves in a place where others are seeking to rule over us with an unjust agenda, we can rest assured that God will bring things back into balance. He is committed to justice and no human being will be able to resist His justice forever.

Prayer:
God, help us to remember that you will always bring about justice in the end. Help us to keep our hearts humble before you.

Published by llongard

I grew up in northeast Wisconsin. After high school, I moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend North Central University and graduated 1992 with a degree in Biblical Studies and Humanities. I spent most of the next fifteen years in the Twin Cities area until my family and I moved to Indiana in 2007. For most of the first seventeen years after college, I was involved in university ministry either as a volunteer, bi-vocational, or full-time campus minister. Through those years, I also worked in the main street marketplace as a retail manager/trainer and as a service representative in the insurance industry. I've also worked in various education roles. Most recently, I have been working on various projects addressing homelessness in Indianapolis and as team lead for Diakonos Community, a Communitas International missional initiative. Through this ministry, we seek to build missional communities in Indianapolis that serve and bring the life of Christ to those on the margins of society. Our strategy is to collaborate with community agencies that serve those in need and share Christ through meaningful relationships. I am blessed with a wonderful wife, three amazing daughters, and two cats (can't forget the cats, LOL). As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, gardening, and going to the YMCA together. I also enjoy fishing, riding bicycle, and being involved in whatever my daughters are doing. Though I have not lived in the Green Bay area for over 20 years, I am still a major Packer fan.

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