OUR GOD IS ABLE TO SAVE US BECAUSE HE IS SOVEREIGN
No matter what life throws at us or the troubles we have inflicted on ourselves, we should not despair because our God is able to save us. This was the cobfidence of the three Hebrew children in Babylon when King Nebuchadnezzer threatened to burn them in a furnace if they didn’t bow and worship the image He had erected.
“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.” – Daniel 3:16 & 17 (ESV)
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Nebuchadnezzer was so furious he ordered that the furnace be heated seven times more than usual. That didn’t change a thing. God still delivered His children.
“Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, ‘Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?’ They answered and said to the king, ‘True, O king.’ He answered and said, ‘But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.’ Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, ‘Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!’ Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them.” – Daniel 3:24-27 (ESV
It may have been surprising to the heathen king and his officials but it wasn’t to the Hebrew boys. We need to know the God we serve and have the same boldness they did. In this post, we look at a special attribute of God to always bear in mind in order to exhibit the same confidence.
Our God is sovereign. He is the Ruler of the Universe. Nebuchadnezzar was hailed as king of kings (Ezekiel 26:7) due to the vastness of his realm and kingdoms under his empire, but he didn’t realise that there was a God in heaven who gave him the dominion he enjoyed until God humbled as shown in the terrifying story in Daniel, chapter 4. After being banished to live like an animal in the wilds for seven years because he took God’s glory, he had this to say:
“At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation” – Daniel 4:34. (ESV)
Let this example suffice. The point is that our God is above all, be they thrones or dominions. As a result, his word is final. He can cancel the decrees of others, but none can counter His will and stipulations.Our God is above all, be they thrones or dominions. As a result, his word is final. Click To Tweet
“Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?” – Lamentations 3:37
“For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?” – Isaiah 14:27
Human government is split into different arms: the executive, legislature and judiciary. But all three arms reside in our Father, the Most High God.
“For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.” – Isaiah 33:22
Hallelujah! In Him is complete authority. If He days “Yes”, no power can reverse it, and when He says “No”, only He can overturn it. We need to understand that He who created the stars and the planets, who keeps them rotating orderly in their galaxies and orbits is our God.In our God is complete authority. All three arms of government reside in Him. Click To Tweet
And when He came down in human form, it was said of the child, Jesus: “… and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6.
Before He left the earth at the conclusion of His ministry, He gave us this assurance: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” – Matthew 28:18
Paul testifies about Him in Philippians 2:10, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” And it won’t be long before we hear the angels announce: Behold, the “kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” – Revelation 11:15
From the east, west, north and south, God has got you covered, child of God. So fear no more! Your Father is able to save you and He will.
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Here are more scriptures to strengthen your heart:
“The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17 [emphasis mine]
“Who is this who comes from Edom, in crimsoned garments from Bozrah, he who is splendid in his apparel, marching in the greatness of his strength? ‘It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.’” – Isaiah 63:1 [emphasis mine]
The last one paints a graphic picture of the Lord coming in wrath and taking vengeance on His enemies.
Hellooo! This shall be the fate of your enemies for did He not promise: “… I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.” – Isaiah 49:25-26The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save. - Zephaniah 3:17 Click To Tweet
Amen in Jesus’ name.
The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible except where otherwise stated.
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