Who’s in Control of Your Life, and What Difference Does it Make?
Today’s chapter in Daniel will reinforce the idea of God’s sovereign control over all nations, which means that he is also in control of the people in those nations. Like Nebuchadnezzar, God will hold us accountable for how we respond to that control and live our lives. We can state the same truth positively: because God is in control of our lives, we can live in a way that recognizes that control and brings glory to God. Therefore, this passage shows us that if you believe that God is in control of your life, then you will live in a way that recognizes that control.
Much of the material in this sermon is based on Paul House, Old Testament Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1998), 327–45, and Michael Barrett, God’s Unfailing Purpose: The Message of Daniel (Greenville, SC: Ambassador-Emerald, 2003).