And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding 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 is from generation to generation. 35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, “What have You done?”
In these verses lie a truth that we are going to uncover…..but first! A little background info on King Nebuchadnezzar, for those that didn’t hear this story a million times in Sunday School. This was the famous king of Babylon who had a statue of gold erected, and then commanded all the people, including the Jewish captives, to bow down and worship it. Well, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were having none of it, and refused, knowing that the punishment was to be thrown into the fiery furnace. Long story short, they were thrown in and were unharmed, and King Nebuchadnezzar vowed that their God would now be His God as well!
That would have been a nice place for the story to end, but soon later, the king gets caught up in himself again and declares his OWN mighty power, glory, and majesty. So, God gives him a very harsh punishment. (You’ll have to read about that on your own!) And that’s where we pick up with the passage above. He realizes that in comparison to God, we are nothing! That HE is in charge, and does everything according to HIS will.
But that isn’t even the best part. You see, King Nebuchadnezzar came to the end of himself and saw the all-surpassing power of the one, true God! And his closing line just gets me every time! He says “No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, ‘What have you done?’”
I think we sometimes get it in our head that we DESERVE an explanation as to why we are in some struggle, pain, or tragedy. Like He owes us that. The bottom line is that if we do somehow find out along the way some reason for our circumstances, then that was a grace moment, and not everybody gets that. Meaning, we don’t all get to know why we lost what we lost. It is our job to trust the one who created all things and has dominion over EVERYTHING!
I think it’s pretty safe to say we can trust Him, but we still, deep down inside, would feel better if we just knew why. All I can say, is we should probably follow Nebuchadnezzar on this one. He realized that God’s power was too great, and His wisdom too deep to ever fully understand. He realized God did NOT owe Him an explanation.
And, unfortunately, He doesn’t owe US one, either. And, the more I learn about how great, gracious, powerful, and sovereign He is, the less I really need one.