“He does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’” (Dan. 4:35b,c; ESV).
These were Nebuchadnezzar’s words. He spoke them after he had gone through God’s furnace. He uttered them after he had eaten grass like an animal for seven years, wandering the earth as an insane man. His understanding returned to him, and spontaneous praise to the only One worthy immediately began to flow from his mouth. The Almighty had stripped him of his conceit.
I find tremendous comfort in his words. They speak to my heart about God’s ability to have His way with me. Today, Holy Spirit wants to comfort you with this same truth. Listen with your spirit: God is able to have His way with you.
Not only is He able, but no one can stop Him. No one can hinder Him from finishing the good work He began in your life. No one can hold back His hand from working in you that which is pleasing to Him. Not even you.
Consider this. Nebuchadnezzar was not even seeking God. He was not looking for nor desirous of inner transformation. He was not laying his life on the altar and asking for God’s fire to consume it. And yet, God decided to humble him. Once He made that decision, there was no force in heaven or on earth or under the earth that was going to impede what He had purposed to do. Arrogant Nebuchadnezzar went into His furnace, and came out seven years later, a humble man.
How much more is God able to accomplish inside of you what He desires? If you are reading a blog like this, it is likely that you have actually asked Him to work in your life. If you have, believe me, He has heard and received that prayer. He has recorded it indelibly in His heart. If He does as He pleases in a pagan king’s soul, how much more will He accomplish the purposes of His heart in response to your cry? In the surrendered depths of you, in the hungry core of you, who can stop the Lord of Glory? Who can hold back His hand?
As we meditate on this liberating truth, there is one more pertinent phrase in our verse for today that I did not include above. It starts out, “And all the people of the earth are as nothing…” (v. 35a, BBE). This means the following: not even the billions of people on the earth, all put together, are any kind of force that could even begin to inhibit the purposes of God. We are as nothing.
What beautiful comfort to be found in that thought! It means that my weaknesses, and yours, are as nothing to God. If our hearts are after God, the sum of our weaknesses and failings and flaws and faults and shortcomings and stumblings can do absolutely nothing to stop what He has set out to do in our lives. If we have wholeheartedly asked Him to have His way in us, He will. He unquestionably will.
Have you been afraid that some frailty in you would keep you from entering the fullness of God’s best for your destiny? Let that fear be banished forever. Who, or what, could stop the Lord of Glory from doing in your heart of hearts according to His good pleasure? Nothing can hold back His hand!
As Nebuchadnezzar concluded with his last words recorded in the Holy Book: “…and those who walk in pride he is able to humble” (v. 37, ESV). Expand that thought:
- Those who struggle with lying, He is able to make honest.
- Those who struggle with anger, He is able to make patient.
- Those who struggle with selfishness, He is able to make generous.
- Those who struggle with insecurity, He is able to make bold.
- Those who struggle with __________________, He is able…
You fill in the blank. He is able. Rest deeply into those words. They are for you. He is able. Who can stop the Lord of Glory? Who can hold back His hand?
How does our willingness play into God’s ability to transform our lives? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this!