#396 - I RAISED MY EYES - (19/7/21)
During this LEARNING TO HEAR series I’m taking a different approach to these devotionals. I want to us work harder at searching the scriptures for ourselves. We will use the ‘Come to Jesus Daily’ method below to help us with this. It’s well worth the hard work involved!
“At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honoured and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” (Daniel 4:34-35)
I’ve included my reflections on today’s text below. However, I encourage you to pray and spend time reflecting (writing can be helpful) using the 5 questions below before reading my thoughts.
i. †GOSPEL - 'Gaze on the cross'- What does this text reveal about salvation through Jesus?
ii. UP – What does this text say about God – His worth, character, attributes, will, promises…?
iii. IN – What does this say about me, the church and how we are to relate? Is there a promise to believe, command to do, attitude to have, something to avoid, is there forgiveness to seek or give?
iv. OUT – What does this say about my community and mission?
v. DO - This has two components. Firstly, list as many possible ways that you can think of that one might apply the text (actions or attitudes). Secondly, hear - Pray about how the Holy Spirit is leading you, specifically, to respond.
God had mercy on Nebuchadnezzar and brought Him to faith. The Lord humbled him.
“I thank you for ‘restoring my sanity’ so as let my fallen, darkened mind know you. Jesus, you were humbled for me so that I can be raised up."
God is ‘the Most High’. The Lord is the incontestable King who ‘lives forever’ as the eternal God. His rule is eternal in time and scope.
“I praise you. I rest in you. You are fulfilling all of your purposes by your great power.”
Like Nebuchadnezzar, we need to be continually humbled so as to acknowledge, worship and rely on God afresh. He wants us to ‘raise our eyes toward heaven’.
“May I and your church raise our eyes and allow our ‘sanity' to be restored in light of your great might.”
The Lord can open the mind of anyone, even great kings. He can do as He please with the ‘peoples of the earth’.
“May it please you to humble and then transform those in my life.”