He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
"And as for the two kings, their hearts shall be bent on doing evil. They shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for the end is yet to be at the time appointed" (Daniel 11:27).
An old children's song says, "He's got the whole world in His hands." It is an easy song to learn, and an easy truth to forget. Often we may feel like the world is out of control. At other times we may feel that far too much rests on our shoulders. In either case we may feel like our portion of the world is like a pole barn with a frightening amount of snow on the roof. In these times it is good for us to remember - He's got the whole world in His hands.
The early chapters of Daniel present us with heroes of the faith. Daniel bravely faces the lions because he refuses to give up his prayers. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego face the fiery furnace rather than bow to the idol of gold. In these stories God mightily rescues His believing children right when all hope seems to be lost. From these stories we say with confidence, "There is nothing my God cannot do for you." For what made these heroes strong? Their faith that God was with them sustained them through perils, dangers and storms. They clung to God's promise, "I will never leave you. I will never forsake you." If you are trusting in Jesus this promise is also for you. If you are trusting in Jesus then nothing can separate you from the love of God in Jesus Christ the Lord.
The latter chapters of Daniel present us with the rise and fall of kings, nations, and peoples. In these chapters mighty kings scheme and wage wars. Battles are waged. Blood is spilled. Evil men rise to power only to be destroyed. For example, the kings cited above in Daniel 11 make great plans, tell their lies, and raise large armies ultimately "to no avail." Why? The kings of the earth may grasp the wheel, but God directs the ship. He guides the tides. He sends the wind. The world is in His hands.
"Do not be alarmed when you hear of wars and rumors of wars. These must take place, but the end is yet to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. They will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:6-14).
Therefore dear reader, when your heart troubles you, when the news troubles you, when the various coming and goings of this world trouble you, remember this - He has the whole world in His hand. He has you and me in His hand. He promises, "The one who endures to the end will be saved." Therefore when your heart is troubled, stop and pray. Remind yourself of what God has done. Read the Scriptures. Go, and go often to a church where the gospel, the good news of Jesus is proclaimed. Go ahead, sing the old children’s song. Remember the truth. Trust in Jesus.