God Is Good, But My Faith Is Imperfect and Sometimes I Forget
“It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.” (Daniel 4:2, NIV)
The words in this week’s memory verse sound like they came right out of the mouth of one of the “greats” in the Bible. Maybe King David, or Solomon, or Abraham, or maybe one of the 12 disciples. Surely it was someone who lived a devoted life to the one true God.
Actually, these words came from the mouth of King Nebuchadnezzar. The King who ordered all the wise men in his court to be killed because they couldn’t tell him what he had dreamt. And then praised God when Daniel not only told him of his dream but interpreted it through God’s power. The King who then threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the fire because they refused to bow down to his statue-god. And then praised the true God because He saved them from the deadly inferno. King Nebuchadnezzar, who bounced back and forth between praising God and making his own, spoke these words.
If you read the book of Daniel, you’ll notice a pattern. Good ole’ King Neb praises God for his power and might, and then he forgets and falls back into his old patterns. Rinse, repeat.
Guys . . . far more often than I’d like to admit, I fall into this pattern, too. I forget the good things God has done in my life, and I fall back into my old patterns of fear, doubt, and unbelief.
This week, King Neb gave me the reminder I needed. Mine is an imperfect faith, and I often forget. But I will keep coming back to my God assured that He never left me. And when my old patterns creep back into my heart, I’ll pause and think of this king. And I’ll be reminded. And it will be my pleasure to tell of the good things my God—the one and only true God—has done.
*Want to join me in meditating on God’s Word this week? Save these words as your lock screen. Write them on a notecard and place them somewhere you’ll see them during your day. Throughout the week, recite them to your kids, your spouse, or a friend. When we focus on His word, He will use it to produce results in our lives.