Monday, October 25, 2010

Response Time

In the book of Daniel, in chapter 4 is the story of King Nebuchadnezzar who was the king of  Babylon during the Jewish exile. The king has a dream and he turns to Daniel for interpretation. The vision from God tells Nebuchadnezzar that he is destined to have his kingdom removed from him and that he will live as a wild beast for a period of time before his kingdom is restored to him. The point of the vision is that the only reason that he is in power is that God has allowed it. Nebuchadnezzar is affected by this news I am sure, but does nothing with it as time goes by until a year has passed. At this point he is boasting about how great he is and all of his power when God fulfills His promise and takes it away.

The king missed the point of what God was telling him. He was given a chance to make a change and a whole year to do it and either chickened out or he was too prideful to change and figured that God really wouldn't follow through. God has always proven to be faithful to His Word though-even when we are not faithful to ours.

I wonder how often we hear something from God and either ignore it or conveniently forget about it. Not only are we disobedient when we choose this path we also miss out on what God has for us next. I'm firmly convinced that ignoring these God messages is what holds us back as followers, spiritual leaders and His church.

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