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Divine Sovereignty in Daniel

In the book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way of God’s sovereignty over all things. His confession (Daniel 4:28–37) is that of a man humbled before the source of absolute power and authority.


Because God is sovereign over all the universe, He is ruling actively in all the affairs of providence. This divine supremacy will never weaken or be relinquished. It will never come to an end:

For his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” —Daniel 4:34b–35

Nebuchadnezzar praised God for His everlasting dominion over heaven and earth. None can thwart His plans. No one can stay His omnipotent hand and restrict the free exercise of His sovereign will. All that He purposes, He does. From this verse, imgCalvin asserts, “We understand how this world is administered by God’s secret providence, and that nothing happens but what He has commanded and decreed. . . . Daniel means to imply angels, demons, and men, to be equally governed by God’s will; and although the impious rush on intemperately, yet they are restrained by a secret bridle, and are prevented from executing whatever their lusts dictate. . . . God acts among angels and demons just as among the inhabitants of the earth. He governs others by His Spirit, namely, His elect, who are afterwards regenerated by His Spirit, and they are so treated by Him that His justice may truly shine forth in all their actions. He also acts upon the reprobate, but in another manner; for He draws them headlong by means of the devil; he impels them with His secret virtue; he strikes them by a spirit of dizziness; he blinds them and casts upon them a reprobate spirit, and hardens their hearts to contumacy.” This is to say, God’s absolute sovereignty is His supreme right to rule the universe, a right that shall never be usurped.

—Steve Lawson, Foundations of Grace (Reformation Trust, 2006), 211.

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#1 || 12·09·21··06:26 || donsands

The Church in our day has surely strayed far from this truth, haven't we?

But what a truth! God is love, the world likes to proclaim, and this is true. But He is also Holy and absolutely in control of every star and sparrow.

I heard John MacArthur say yesterday: "When Jesus prayed in the Garden to His Father, He knew His prayer would be answered. He didn't pray a prayer that might not be fulfilled, but He prayed as God."

Thanks for the post. Excellent david. Good encouragement for me this morn.
Have a great and blessed weekend and Lord's Day! We are getting closer to the Day we will see our loving Savior! Oh how I long to see Him so much, along with all my other longings this one is the deepest I think.

All for the Cross, Gal. 6:14,

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