A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
The eyes of the world continue to be focused on North Korea and the rhetoric of their leader Kim Jong–un. This week, the United States agreed to tighten its sanctions against North Korea in an effort to put a stop to their nuclear and missile programs. Admiral Harry Harris, the head of U.S. Pacific Command, told the press that our best technology would be used to bring Kim Jong–un “to his senses, not to his knees.” It remains to be seen, if this most recent demonstration of power is enough to force North Korea to back down.
Scenes such as this are not unique to world history and even biblical history. In the Old Testament book of Daniel, the Babylonians destroy the temple in Jerusalem and then carted off the most gifted Jews into exile to serve in the Babylonian Empire. One of those captives, was a godly man by the name of Daniel. While serving in the royal court of King Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel stands out among his peers for his spiritual integrity and God given ability to interpret dreams. When called upon to discern the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel is not intimidated or fearful. Instead, he proclaimed the sovereignty of God and reminded the king that it is the LORD (Yahweh) who “…changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them.”