Daniel 2:7-23

Daniel 2:7-23

Daniel 2:21Vintage message from October 12, 1997.

Sometimes in life we are treated unfairly. Things happen around us that are out of our control. It has nothing to do with what we’ve done; it has nothing to do with what we’ve said; it has nothing to do with how we live, but things happen in our lives, and it is unfair… You know, we get faced with situations all the time that are out of our control… but the one thing we can ask for always is a little more time. Let me pray about it. Let me seek my God on this issue. Let me go to the One Who I know can deal with this situation…

The one thing [other religions] lack is the realization that God truly does forgive; that God truly does share mercy; that God truly does speak to our hearts and make a difference in us. And you know what the greatest power of all is that is available to us? It’s not that we’re just forgiven, but that we can forgive. Do you want to display real power? Do you want to show someone that the God that we worship is truly alive and real? When you encounter something that they do to you and they ask you for forgiveness, that you actually, honestly, truly give them forgiveness. That doesn’t happen of ourself. We can’t forgive in and of ourself. That is a power and ability that can only come from a living God…

It was His wisdom and His power. He changes times and seasons. He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to wise and knowledge to the discerning. The next time you want to complain about the ruler that God has put over us, the next time you want to complain about the president of this country or the governor of this state or the major of this city or whomever it may be that is in authority over you, understand something: God put them there. He’s the One that sets them up and He deposes them when He’s done with them. It has nothing to do with us. It has everything to do with God.

Pastor Dave Elkins