“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”
Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way that God will perform His will no matter how powerful opposing forces may be. Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful world leader of his day. Nobody could withstand him, and that knowledge led him to the point to believe that he was greater than God.
Just like the verse in Proverbs warns that pride is the precursor to destruction, Nebuchadnezzar found out the hard way that God is more powerful than him. God took His kingdom away and drove him into the wilderness for seven years. For seven years, Nebuchadnezzar ate grass like an ox until he came to himself to realize that God is the greatest, and that He is to be served by all.
The verse above is Nebuchadnezzar’s conclusion after submitting to God’s will. He said about God, “…he doth according to his will in the army of heaven…” He found out the hard way that God will perform His will in spite of man’s opposition. Several observations can be learned about God’s will from this incident in Nebuchadnezzar’s life.
First, God’s will isn’t dependent upon your will. It wasn’t Nebuchadnezzar’s will to eat grass like an ox, but he still ate the grass because it was God’s will. You will never be at peace with God until you accept that He doesn’t have to get your approval for His will to be done. God doesn’t have to go to any man or ruler to have His will performed. If it is God’s will for something to happen, He will perform that no matter what opposition may be against it.
Second, God’s will doesn’t mean that it will be for your benefit. God’s will certainly didn’t benefit Nebuchadnezzar, and His will doesn’t have to benefit you. I’m afraid we have allowed the prosperity preachers to lure us into believing that God’s will always benefits the Christian. This is not true! There are many times in the Scriptures that God’s will didn’t benefit those who were doing it. God’s will didn’t benefit Joseph, Job, Stephen or Jesus Christ, just to name a few. You are going to have to be comfortable with the fact that God’s will may not benefit you if you are going to keep a right spirit towards God.
Third, no power is great enough to stop His will. As powerful as Nebuchadnezzar was, even he could not stop God’s will. Always remember that the world may seem to be in control, but God will perform His will in this world in spite of what they might do to stop it. Don’t allow the loud, opposing voices of the world to silence you from doing God’s will. The world’s power may be powerful, but God is more powerful and He will perform His will.
Fourth, the Christian’s responsibility is to accept His will. What is your responsibility with God’s will? The answer is found in Matthew 6:10 which says, “…Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Your responsibility is to accept God’s will even if it doesn’t benefit you. My friend, once your satisfaction comes from God’s will being performed, you will find that you will never be disappointed with God no matter what His will does to you. Let me encourage you to stop fighting the will of God and accept it, because He will perform His will with or without your permission.