December 9, 2018

Humble Submission To God – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Perhaps the greatest challenge to producing submission to God’s will, in ourselves or others, is realizing that our own wisdom is not ours, but a gift and it is pitifully inferior to the much higher, infinite wisdom of God. If that understanding is impressed on our heart, then humble submission follows easily. If, on the other hand, we think we are pretty wise, submission will be difficult.

A powerful illustration of that lesson is seen in Daniel chapter two.

“In the second year of his reign Nebuchadnezzar had many dreams. His mind was disturbed and he suffered from insomnia. The king issued an order to summon the magicians, astrologers, sorcerers, and wise men in order to explain his dreams to him. So they came and awaited the king’s instructions.” (Daniel 2:1-2)

The “wise men” of Babylon claimed great wisdom. The king was not so sure and devised a means of testing their pompous assertions.

The king effectively said. “You claim to be all-wise?” “Let’s see about that.”

“The king told them, ‘I have had a dream, and I am anxious to understand the dream.’ The wise men replied to the king: “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will disclose its interpretation.”

The king effectively said. “You claim to be all-wise?” “Let’s see about that.”

“The king replied to the wise men, “My decision is firm. If you do not inform me of both the dream and its interpretation, you will be dismembered and your homes reduced to rubble! But if you can disclose the dream and its interpretation, you will receive from me gifts, a reward, and considerable honor. So disclose to me the dream and its interpretation!” (Daniel 2:3-6)

They complained about the test, because it did test and exposed their foolishness. “The wise men replied to the king, “There is no man on earth who is able to disclose the king’s secret,…” (Daniel 2:10). Of course, they were right, but simply telling the dream would be nothing, if they could truly interpret the dream. The king demonstrated they could do neither.

The king replied, “I know for sure that you are attempting to gain time, because you see that my decision is firm. If you don’t inform me of the dream, there is only one thing that is going to happen to you. For you have agreed among yourselves to report to me something false and deceitful…” (Daniel 2:8-9)

The wise men were frauds, perhaps even deceiving themselves as do many today who claim to know the wise course, even when God says otherwise. “You think we should do what?” “That makes no sense,” (per my wisdom). When the one who spoke the universe into existence speaks, it is time to dump our pitiful ideas and say, “Yes sir.”

But we think that really seems dumb. “I think it would be much wiser to do it my way.” It is time to remember who we are, who God is and bow our heads in humble submission.

Daniel knew he was not the source of wisdom but that God revealed answers.

Then in a night vision the mystery was revealed to Daniel. So Daniel praised the God of heaven, saying, ‘Let the name of God be praised forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to him. …He gives wisdom to the wise; he imparts knowledge to those with understanding;'” (Daniel 2:19-21)

Wisdom is from God. In the Lord Jesus Christ …are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:3). The wisdom God revealed in Christ, is both omniscient and omnipotent. True wisdom must come from Him.

Therefore, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5).

Daniel was speaking to the most powerful monarch on Earth, with access to all the wisdom of the most highly educated men of the age. But human wisdom could not solve his problem. Only Daniel, drawing on the wisdom and power of the God of creation, could meet his need. God’s servants, even today, have this privilege and responsibility, because our God is “for ever and ever.”

 

 

 

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