Daniel 4:35 – “What Have You Done?”

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth;
and none can stay his hand
or say to him, “What have you done?”
(Daniel 4:35 ESV)

Every person answers to someone. When you’re a child you answer to your parents and your teachers. When you’re an adult you answer to your boss, or your clients, or your constituents. The long and the short of it is, there always seems to be someone in life we are accountable to. Unfortunately, many of us carry this same mentality into our relationship with God. We demand answers of Him, as if He were somehow accountable to us. Author Francis Chan put it like this:

“we keep on questioning Him: “Why did You make me with this body, instead of that one?” “Why are so many people dying of starvation?” “Why are there so many planets with nothing living on them?” “Why is my family so messed up?” “Why don’t You make Yourself more obvious to the people who need You?”
The answer to each of these questions is simply this: because He’s God. He has more of a right to ask us why so many people are starving. As much as we want God to explain himself to us, His creation, we are in no place to demand that He give an account to us.”

So the real question nagging at us today then is this: Do I really believe what this text is saying? Do I really believe that God is not first and foremost accountable to me and my judgement?

Do you really believe that “all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing” compared to God? Including you?