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The Living One, Part 3: Forever and Ever

Have you ever had a sense of how amazing God is? As those who profess to follow the One True God, we often hear of His greatness in songs, read about it in the Bible, and see it in our own lives. But have we stopped to think of how great He is? 

In the Old Testament, we read about King Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest leader of the Babylonian empire.  Yet, he was humbled by the Most High God. In the Book of Daniel, the great ruler says this: 

“I want you all to know about the miraculous signs and wonders the Most High God has performed for me.

How great are his signs,
    how powerful his wonders!
His kingdom will last forever,
    his rule through all generations.” 

Daniel 4:2-3

 

When we meditate on the majesty of the King of kings, we will be confronted with how small we are.  It can create a sense of awe and wonder. It can help anyone to be humble.  Even Nebuchadnezzar was compelled to bow and admit his insignificance in comparison to the Living One.  

Kings like Nebuchadnezzar are built to humble people. Their mere presence commands respect and their word is law. Thousands rely on their authority and are at the top of society.  It is not easy to humble someone of this stature let alone seek an audience with them.  But for this king, the Most High God was the one who made him realize his own insignificance. God used the Prophet Daniel to lead him to repentance, bringing forth true enlightenment and restoration.  

 

Seeking Significance

When we encounter people with authority, we can sometimes feel our own smallness. Whatever form of authority, charisma, or presence they may have, it seems that they are at a higher stature than the rest of us. We feel insignificant, thinking that it might be difficult to get on their level.  

Many of us don’t necessarily need a reminder of our insignificance. We’re familiar with insignificance, and when we look at God, we are so quick to believe that He doesn’t care about us enough.  But here’s the truth: The God who created heaven and earth draws us to Himself. As we reach out to Him in prayer, He invites us to His throne room. By His grace, He allows us to approach Him and speak to Him. 

Pause for a while and think about how amazing this is. 

Being in God’s presence can create a sense of awe and wonder. It can help anyone to be humble. Through prayer, we are given the opportunity to approach His throne.

God pays attention to us. He cares enough about us to light the way for our wandering hearts. We are significant to Him. He loves us enough to discipline us. The Apostle Paul explains this to us in Romans 5:10-11

“For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” 

In His power, God still makes sure to be involved in our lives by disciplining us. While it is not always enjoyable, it shows us His love for us that He would not allow us to give in to temptation and stray from His path. 

 

A Gift of Eternal Significance 

How precious are your thoughts about me,[b] O God.
    They cannot be numbered!
 I can’t even count them;
    they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
    you are still with me!

 

--Psalm 139: 17-18

When you're tempted to feel insignificant or unimportant, remember that to God you are so valuable that He sent Jesus to die for you to free you from captivity and to take you home as His child and heir. God pays attention to your life not because He needs something but because He truly cares for you. Our King, in His majesty, wants us to be with Him for eternity. As subjects of the King, let us “give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1). 

This week, keep your eyes open to God's majesty. Take time to look at how great He is in the big things and how much attention and care He gives you. Think about the times when He disciplined you—how has it helped you? Or if you’re going through a time of disciplining, endure and remember it, knowing that it is for your benefit.

God’s loving hand is upon us. To the true King, our lives are worth eternity. 

 
 
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