King Canute, who ruled over England and Scotland from 1016-1035, is famous for once having his throne placed on the sea shore, and when the tide began to rise for commanding, “You are part of my dominion, and the ground that I am seated upon is mine, nor has anyone disobeyed my orders with impunity. Therefore, I order you not to rise onto my land, nor to wet the clothes or body of your Lord”. Well, naturally, the tide continued to roll in and, eventually, King Canute got soaked! Recently I learned that there was an interesting sequel to this ridiculous act. As he moved away from the in-coming tide, he said, “All the inhabitants of the world should know that the power of kings is vain and trivial, and that none is worthy the name of king but He whose command the heaven, earth and sea obey by eternal laws.” [Henry of Huntingdon, The History of England]
After Daniel’s miraculous protection in a den of lions, King Darius ordered, “…in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the G-d of Daniel, for he is the living G-d…” [Daniel 6:26] After his miraculous cure from leprosy, Naaman, captain of the Syrian army, declared, “Now I know that there is no G-d in all the world except in Israel.” [2 Kings 5:15] Three mighty, but very different men, in very different circumstances, owning Yahweh’s sovereignty and power. No-one challenges the Creator of the Universe and moves Him one degree from His purpose. King Canute couldn’t halt the incoming tide because it was working according to an eternal, natural law. The lions, however, couldn’t eat Daniel [according to natural law] because the Creator had other plans. Naaman washed his leprous sores in a dirty river and, against natural law, was made clean.
How awesome and omnipotent is the One we worship! He is in charge! What are you facing today? This week? There is nothing He can’t help you to handle, so ask! There is no way He will let you down; the way He assists will, of course, be His choice, so watch out for it. Through the prophet, Isaiah, He told us, “…those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” [Isaiah 49:23]
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