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At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?“ Dan. 4:34-35

Dear Lord Jesus… Oh, how I love this story, for several reasons. I’m always needing to be reminded of which kingdom, and which King, is actually in control of all things.

Suicide bombings and non-stop bombast; covert attempts to develop nuclear weapons and overt rhetoric of global domination; environmental concerns and economic instability; health-care craziness and spy-gate madness—these things add up to a grand recipe for super-sizing fear and misinterpreting the Bible.

But I now know better than to allow the political pundits and prophecy pirates to interpret world history for me. You are God, and there is no other god. You’ve spoken in your Word, and you haven’t stuttered.

You have no rivals, contingencies, or concerns. There’s no sweat on your palms, vacancy in your eyes, or vexation in your heart. You set up kings and you sit them down at your discretion. You live forever, your dominion is eternal, your kingdom endures, and you do as you please . . . period!

Even as you brought King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to his theological and political senses, so keep me in gospel sanity, as you help me to keep a steady gaze on occupied throne of heaven and the finished work of Jesus.

Today, right now, I affirm that you, Lord Jesus, are already the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I’m not waiting for the day you will become the true King, for you are already reigning over all things, at the right hand of God the Father. The government of all things is already squarely on your shoulders. Your kingdom of redemption and restoration is the only unshakable kingdom. Of the increase of your government and peace there will be no end, for you will reign forever and ever!

You play no national favorites, for you are the pan-national Savior and the pan-universal Lord. So I bow down, I humble myself, and I honor you as my King, my Sovereign, my Lord; and I raise my hands and heart in adoration of you; for though you are the true King, you have made me a part of your beloved bride. What wondrous love is this, indeed, that you would conquer, capture, and enrapture the dark nation of my heart! So very Amen I pray, with astonishment and surrender to your great name.

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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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