Daniel was a much beloved man of God. In the book that bears his name, the mighty king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, had a strange dream. In it he saw a large statue with a head of gold, the upper torso of silver, the lower torso of bronze, its legs of iron and its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. What potter would try to make a statue with feet of iron and clay? How can those two materials adhere to one another? As Nebuchadnezzar watched, a stone was cut out of a mountain without any hand doing it and it began to roll down the hill, gaining speed as it went. It reached those feet and smashed them into pieces. This brought down the whole statue and it was all completely broken in pieces. It says that the pieces of it were like the chaff of a summer threshing floor and it all blew away in the wind so that no trace of it could be found. However, that stone grew and became a great mountain and filled up the entire earth.
We can clearly see that the Scriptures show that this supernatural stone will begin rolling during a time when there is a kingdom in power that does not adhere to itself. It is one part this and one part that, a divided kingdom, partly strong, partly brittle. We know from the gospels that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. The kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s vision will be blown away so completely that there will be no traces left of it. You can imagine the stone gathering momentum as it rolls down the mountain until it smashes into the divided kingdom and destroys every single aspect of it. It is also not hard to see that there is so much turbulence in our world today. We see it everyday in the news. No one can agree about anything. Politics has become very personal with each side calling the other “haters.” Around the world, political opponents are not getting anything done because they are completely divided; they cannot agree on even the smallest detail.
Those of us who love the Lord need to take heart. If we are already living in the time of the iron and clay feet, then we should know that the stone is also either being cut out of the mountain or it is already rolling down the hill, ready to smash into those toes and destroy them. Despite this vision of complete destruction, it is not a vision to create despair. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream does not end in despair, does it. In the end, Daniel describes the kingdom of the stone that grew as a kingdom set up by God Himself that will never be destroyed nor will it be left to another people. If we love God, we’re going to love His kingdom. It’s beautiful. People get along in it. They love one another and never want to see their brothers or sisters hurt.
God’s kingdom is coming. Is today the day? We don’t know the answer to the question of when our physical world will change. It is not given to a man to know the times and seasons. Only God knows that. However, every single day that stone is crashing into my kingdom. It’s destroying what I thought was gold, but is in reality just dross. God’s kingdom is destroying all of the idols that I once held dear. It is smashing all of the pieces of my life that don’t adhere with God’s life. Just like in Nebuchadnezzar’s vision, there will be no trace found of those former parts of my life. His Spirit will blow them all away. I have not really lost anything because in the place of those things, that living stone, Jesus, is creating within me a kingdom that is pure and ready to be filled with love for all that belongs to God. Each one of us has to allow that process to happen to us. God is kind and doesn’t smash everything at once. He leads us one step at a time to tear down the old life, remove the sins and build up his life. Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within and when we allow Him to create His kingdom within us, we are getting ready to live with Him in that beautiful kingdom that will never be destroyed. What we need to do as this process churns in our lives is to maintain our love, faith and trust in the one, true, living God. He is above all and yet in all.
I wish you a very happy new year and may you grow in God this year and may His Kingdom grow to be strong in your lives, a strength that will never be destroyed or given to another.