The King continues, “How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation” What stands out to me is “his dominion endures from generation to generation.” I am one generation and I have been hoping to see my future generations but each one has faded away. Especially at this time during the summer, when the campus looks empty, it’s easy to become filled with negative thoughts.
But the way God’s kingdom operates is “his dominion endures from generation to generation.” This means that God is still proceeding his amazing work. He is fighting along with his army in heaven and on earth; arranging the whole world so that eventually I could find his lost sheep on campus. Just as he did for me he is preparing great signs for even one lost sheep; and mighty wonders for even one suffering soul. Each fishing encounter is Gods great sign and mighty wonder and it is the beginning of many more to come. What a blessing it is to be a part of God’s amazing kingdom work! So I must not let God’s kingdom in me die. I just need to be available as his servant; in season and out of season. On campus in fishing mode ready prepared at moments notice for when students accept my invitation. As my faithfulness endures season after season, God’s blessing will flow from generation to generation.
God’s sovereignty is an important lesson I must learn. Just as the tree is vividly illustrated and thoroughly described, God has thoroughly established me and has a vivid picture of who I am. His sovereignty extends into every aspect and part of me and my life; from the inside out. So there should be no point where I acknowledge myself over God. I am so used to quickly excluding him and acknowledging myself. I become happy about my good point or sad about my shortcoming; whether I go through good times or challenging times it is always self-centered. And anytime God is excluded and I acknowledge myself, it is pride. I learn that in everything, strengths and weaknesses, good times and challenging times, I must acknowledge God all the time because his choice and blessing is involved in everything.
The hardest part is during my personal challenges because I feel weak, unsuccessful, and humiliated. That is when I just feel like I want to stop climbing the mountain. Then there is no progress at all in my life of faith. It’s easy to just look humble but I learn true humility when I acknowledge God in the midst of suffering. He is sovereign over my life journey, he is thoroughly involved in my spiritual growth, he is real in my practical life. Then I can accept his good purpose in victories and in challenging moments. My doubt and fatalism turn to thanks and praise. I lower my posture to continually make progress up the mountain to God.
When the king first had this bible study with Daniel he was terrified, responsive, and alert. But he did not keep it continually, so 12 months later it was a distant memory somewhere in the back of his mind. One year later he was found walking on the roof talking about his mighty power and the glory of his majesty. This is one spot in the Bible where it follows up on the Bible student one year later to see how he is doing. In this matter God wanted to make sure that he was living by this message. I learn that being humble by acknowledging God’s sovereignty is a really serious message that I need to hold onto daily. God will see how I am doing one year from now in this matter.
My daily struggle is to remember that every good gift comes from God. Fresh air is a good gift, clean water to drink is another, a car to drive is another, Bible study notes and testimonies come from God. My wife is something good that came from God. One thing I am especially thankful for is the food I eat because it is homemade. At first my wife and I were concerned because neither of us knew how to cook. Even in common life I did not cook but just chopped some fruits and vegetables. But God has helped my wife and I with the ability to cook so that each week we prepare delicious food and every day we enjoy a homemade meal.
I never imagined that I would really enjoy homemade food after I moved from my mom’s house. My mom and her food was a good gift from God. But God’s goodness continues as he gives me the ability to cook homemade food together with my wife. Also the money I use to buy food and groceries comes from a job which ultimately came from God. I was not qualified but God provided this job for me. Furthermore the family that owns my company is Jewish, so they really came from God. It’s true that every single good thing I have today came from God.
On my own I was ruining my health and wasting a lot of money eating expensive greasy food everyday; buying alcohol and drugs which I also consumed every day. I was barely able to coexist with one roommate let alone having real fellowship and relationships like I enjoy today with brothers and sisters. I stayed up late, behaved crazy in the streets, then I woke up late, wasting my life. I was really living a dying life; as good as dead. Without God I could not enjoy basic things like home-cooked food; let alone having real satisfaction direction and meaning to my life. Only because of God do I live today. So today when I eat and am satisfied, I praise the LORD. I must be careful to live by this message so that 12 months later God will find me humble; thanking him for how he brought me out of my dying life to this spacious land filled with many good gifts.