God Never Gives Up On You

Big Idea: Even when we cannot see it with our physical eyes, God is always at work in our lives. He loves us and will never give up on us.

 

Scripture: If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2 ESV

 

The first 6 chapters of Daniel are fascinating stories about what God was doing in a time of history when Israel thought that God had given up and forgotten about them. Because of years of disobedience and failure, God gave them over as captives to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (modern day Iraq). But God doesn’t forget us – even while they were being disciplined, God still loved his people and was working in the invisible world to bring about his Kingdom rule.

 

Chapter 1 – Daniel and his friends were chosen by the pagan king for special assignments.

Chapter 2 – Daniel interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s prophetic dream about the Kingdom.

Chapter 3 – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were put in the fiery furnace.

Chapter 4- Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s 2nd dream and he finally became a believer.

Chapter 5 – King Belshazzar’s feast and the writing on the wall.

Chapter 6 – Daniel was put into the lion’s den.

 

The Story: In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him. Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams.

So they came in and stood before the king.

 

… And Daniel went in and requested the king to appoint him a time, that he might show the interpretation to the king. Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night.

 

… The king declared to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?”

 

Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these:

 

Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these:

 

… This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation.

You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom —you are the head of gold. 

Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you,

and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.

And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these.

And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay.

 

And in the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold.

 

A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this.

The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.  Daniel 2 ESV

 

– Kingdom rule and authority were given to Adam and Eve in the beginning of time

– Adam and Eve dropped the baton because of their disobedience and lost their rights.

– The devil picked it up and became the legal ruler of our world.

– All appeared to be lost. God’s plans seemed to be thwarted by man’s disobedience.

– The world rulers, as well as Godly leaders, went through long cycles of failure and success

– Thousands of years passed and God continued to work behind the scenes to fulfill his plans.

  • The Prophets were given unique insights into the unfolding of God’s ultimate plans.

 

Application: Along each of our journeys, we all stray, from day to day, from God’s good plans for our lives, but God does give up on us. He continues to use both our failures, as well as our successes, to bring about his kingdom purpose in our lives.

 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.   Joshua 1:9 ESV

 

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 ESV