Can you say, ‘But there is a God in heaven?’
By Emmett Murphy
Saturday, September 21, 2019
“... but there is a God in heaven . . .” — Daniel 2:28
King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him so greatly he couldn’t sleep. The next morning, he called his wise men and magicians and asked them to tell him the meaning of his dream. When they asked him what the dream was about, he couldn’t remember.
In the city was a young man who was a true friend of God. He went before the king and said, “Give me a little time, and I will tell you the dream and the meaning of it.” Then he went home and called three friends, saying, “Pray with me and ask God to reveal the dream and the interpretation to me.” They prayed, and in the middle of the night God revealed the vision and the meaning. The next day Daniel went before the king and said, “There isn’t a man on the earth who could tell you your dream and the interpretation of it, but there is a God in heaven, and He has revealed the dream to me.” Then he told the king the dream and its meaning. This pleased the king so much that he gave Daniel riches and made him ruler over Babylon and his chief wise man.
Every day you and I can say, “But there is a God in heaven.” When work is hard, when our home life is stressed, when our children cause us grief, we can still say, “But there is a God in heaven.”
Later in the book of Daniel we read about three of Daniel’s friends being put to the test for their faith. The king had constructed a 95-foot image of gold and sent out a decree that everyone should bow down and worship it (Daniel 3). Three young Hebrew men refused saying, “There is just one God in heaven.” In his anger, the king ordered them to be cast into a fiery furnace. They said they would trust God to deliver them, but even if He did not, they still would not bow down to the image. When they were cast into the furnace, the king saw a fourth person walking with them in the flames. He could only respond by recognizing that there is, indeed, a God in heaven.
There are many times when God seems especially close to us. He seems close in some great religious service. He seems close when we stand and look at the marvelous glow of the sunset with its varied colors reflecting in the evening clouds. He seems close to us when we see the marvel of birth and first hold our son or daughter in our arms.
If we searched the scriptures on God’s comfort, we would come up with over 125 great texts. One of the greatest is Matthew 11:28: “Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” In sorrow and trouble remember that there is a God in heaven. He is always loving and compassionate.
There are always those pivotal moments when we have to make a choice. When the crisis came in Babylon, Daniel knew God was sufficient. He knew God was able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ask or think, and so he responded in faith. That decision propelled Daniel forward in his destiny.
How you respond to the pivotal moments that lie ahead in your life depends on the preparations you allow God to make now. It depends on your understanding of the Lord and the relationship you share with Him. Are there spiritual preparations that you need to make? Can you say, with Daniel, “But there is a God in heaven?”
Emmett Murphy is a Christian church minister.