“The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men… You shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” Daniel 4:17,25,32
God had divine intent for the great Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and for all who would read his story. God is God and he was, and we are, not. The King of kings so orchestrated the events in Nebuchadnezzar’s life and reign that He would show him Who was really in control, Who really ruled the kingdoms of men and owned all—“that he/we would know,” is an ongoing theme through scripture that should startle us all awake and to heed. Through visions and using Daniel as interpreter, God revealed to this prideful regent, who saw his kingdom as “the great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty,” that he would be humbled to know only the Most High ruled. And God always fulfills His word.
“Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws. At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; 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 4:33-35
Whatever a ruler’s domain and decisions, they are determined by The King of kings. However great his power, it is endowed by Almighty God. Whatever my plans, God directs my way. Whatever I have has merely been entrusted to me from the great Provider; He owns all and rules all; He raises up and brings low. (Job 12:23; 41:11; Proverbs 21:1,30; 16:1; James 1:17; 1 Chronicles 29:11-12)
Lord of all, order the intricacies of my life to remind me, as much as I need reminding, that You are the Most High God Who rules the kingdom of men. I am not. Your will is good, Your ways can be trusted. I gladly bow before Your dominion, my King.