February 12, 2016

Read Daniel 4

I missed the most recent Republican debate.  Do we really have ten more months of this? Staying informed via sound bites fed by the media is a sure way to be misled, but keeping up with all that is going on is more than a full time job. It would be so easy to give up. God is in charge of it all anyway, right? Why should I concern myself? Yet, when God granted Adam stewardship of the earth, a responsibility was handed to down to us. We are stewards and, to the extent of our capabilities, we must acknowledge God wants us to work. As citizens of this great nation, we often concentrate on the rights we have been granted, but with every right is a responsibility.  These were not granted us by our forefathers, the constitution, or, even, the valiant soldiers who have given their lives for them. They have been granted to us by the King of Heaven. Rights and responsibilities have been divinely connected. The shirking of responsibilities leads to the loss of rights. There is a lot being said about protecting our rights. The only way this can actually be done is through fulfilling our responsibilities.

 

Nebuchadnezzar found this out the hard way. I will admit to rolling my eyes a bit when it appeared that he had called Daniel as a last resort after consulting with the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers, and this time he even told them his dream.  From the description of the tree in his dream, I would conclude that, not only was his kingdom quite large, but it was beneficial and necessary to the wellbeing of many people. Both people and animals enjoyed a good life in this great kingdom. As I read the Bible it is hard to understand why Nebuchadnezzar did not “get it” and acknowledge that this was all by the grace of God and for His glory; but, then I read the newspaper, and I “get it.”

 

“Now I, _____________, praise and extol and honor the King of Heaven, for all His works are right and His ways are just; and those who walk in pride He is able to humble.  (Daniel 4:37)


One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. http://bit.ly/GBCPMThisMonth It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.