“Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in a tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth:” Daniel 4 v15
Who is above the Lord’s hand? Not one. Here the king, Nebuchadnezzar, had dreamed a dream and was declaring the dream to Daniel-Belteshazzar. In this part of the dream it explicitly says there will be a roots of the stump left to be watered and these roots would be located in the fields with the animals of the earth.
God allow’s anyone that want’s to become larger than him and remain as his to experience life in a way that will bring us back to the true acknowledgment of him as Lord if we so choose. That choice is not forced by any means, but circumstances of life can change as a means of his true compassion for us. As a matter of belief, It seems many of us pray for the circumstances in our own and other peoples lives to change, then we try to fix the change God is working in the lives of those by answering our prayers.
Through it all, the ultimate answer would be the good result of the king. He proclaimed reading on into the chapter-“mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, …” and further on “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgement: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”
A phrase often used to some as we were growing up was, (I think you may have gotten to big for your britches) :).
Respect and reverence for those with understanding and wisdom of the Lord seems to have dissipated in many arena’s of life. Lord, help us to again respect your word, your church, your ways, your elders. Bring us to that place in life as a remnant of your people that we may grow again in your graces of true respect for one another. Lord, penetrate the minds of our families, our youngest in them away from the gaming and our teens to the eldest away from just the numbers of gain, to the complete understanding that you are in control. Who can “stay” your hand? Not one. I thank you today Lord, for your mercy and forgiveness, Amen