There Is A God in Heaven

There Is A God in Heaven

As we begin another week, take a few moments to read through Daniel 2. While you are reading, consider the significance of this reality: there is a God in heaven.

The king of Babylon had a dream and it left him extremely unsettled (v. 1-3). He called his wise men to interpret the dream for him, with one stipulation: he refused to tell them what the dream was. To make matters worse, if they didn’t interpret his dream, they would be killed (v. 4-9). Their response to the king’s demand was plain and simple –

There is not a man on earth who can meet the king’s demands.

From there they pleaded and begged for their life, and just before they were to be executed, Daniel and his friends stepped in to help (v. 13-16).

After a season of prayer (v. 17-24), Daniel was brought before the king. The king asked, “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?” Daniel’s response to the king was too, plain and simple, very similar to that of the wise men – no man can do what the king has asked (v. 27). However, Daniel did not leave it at that. He continued with this profound affirmation –

but there is a God in heaven.

There are two very key themes rehearsed in this account:

Man is unable, but God is able.
Man can’t, but God can.
Man is inadequate, but God is sufficient.
Or, in the words of Daniel 2, there is not a man on the earth …. but there is a God in heaven.

Is this not an appropriate reminder given the current events? We are in the middle of an incredible illustration of these two realities. God, is allowing a microscopic virus to humble the great nations of the world. As human beings, we have been brought face to face with the reality that so much is out of our control. And, for whatever other sovereign purposes God has in it, one thing He is reminding us of is that we as humans are inadequate; we are in desperate need of help outside ourselves.

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Within all of this are two great opportunities for the people of God:

  1. To continue to look to God in heaven and find our security and confidence in Him (Daniel 2:20-23).
  2. To point an anxious world to God in heaven who knows exactly what He is doing, who is eternally sovereign and wise, who alone is sufficient to meet our deepest need, and who is worthy of our absolute trust (Daniel 2:27-28).

With the realities of Daniel 2 in mind, Matt and Kelly Collier of Bethany Baptist Church, a sister church in Brevard, North Carolina wrote the following meditation.Why not take some time each day this week to read and meditate through this? Could you add anything of your own meditation to this? Allow your mind to be renewed by meditating on our good and gracious God who has sent His Son to do for us what we could never do for ourselves. Set your mind on the wonders of Who God is. Let your affections be captivated by this great and glorious God of Heaven.

 

THERE IS A GOD IN HEAVEN

There is not a man on earth who can sacrifice his life so that the
world might be saved … but there is a God in heaven who
“came into the world to save sinners.” (I Timothy 1:15)

There is not a man on earth who can awaken
the dead soul of a person … but there is a God in heaven who
“even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us
alive together with Christ.” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

There is not a man on earth who can save lost souls …
but there is a God in heaven who “loved the world” (John 3:16)
and can cause the blind “to receive their sight.” (Luke 7:22)

There is not a man on earth who can provide a way of escape
from the penalty of eternal death … but there is a God in heaven,
who “according to His great mercy, He has caused us
to be born again to a living hope through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)

There is not a man on earth who can hear the innermost cry of
my heart or answer my prayers … but there is a God in heaven
who “hears their cry and saves them.” (Psalm 145:19)

There is not a man on earth who can satisfy the longing of my heart …
but there is a God in heaven who will
“satisfy us” with His “steadfast love.” (Psalm. 90:14)

There is not a man on earth who can know my thoughts
and motives … but there is a God in heaven
who has “searched me and known me.” (Psalm 139:1)

There is not a man on earth who can give strength to endure
trials and hardships in this life … but there is a God in heaven,
“He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress;
I shall not be greatly shaken.” (Psalm 62:2)

There is not a man on earth who can understand my
heartache … but there is a God in heaven, “surely He has
borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.” (Isaiah 53:4)

There is not a man on earth who can provide wisdom
for daily living … but there is a God in heaven “who gives
generously to all without reproach.” (James 1:5)

There is not a man on earth who can provide all of my
earthly needs … but there is a God in heaven and
He “will supply every need of yours according to
His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

There is not a man on earth who can take broken vessels and make
them useful … but there is a God in heaven and He “chose what is
weak in the world to shame the strong.” (1 Corinthians 1:27)

There is not a man on earth who can calm my fears …
but there is a God in heaven who “is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

There is not a man on earth who can overcome my despair
and loneliness … but there is a God in heaven who has promised to
“never forsake” His people (Hebrews 13:5) and to one day “wipe away
every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall
there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

There is not a man on earth who can remove the sting of death
and the power of sin … but there is a God in heaven who “gives us
the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

There is not a man on earth who can know what is best for me
and then do what is best for me … but there is a God in heaven,
who “is good to those who wait for Him,
to the soul who seeks Him.” (Lamentations 3:25)

There is not a man on earth who has the resources to meet my
greatest needs … but there is a God in heaven who knows
“our weakness” and invites me to boldly “draw near to the throne
of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace
to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16)

Dear believer, cast all your anxieties on
the One who cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
There is a God in heaven.
He is the owner of all wisdom and might. (Daniel 2:20)
He is sufficient.

– Matt and Kelly Collier, 
(Bethany Baptist Church, Brevard, NC)

 

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