Friday, August 3, 2018

The Ultimate Ruler

It’s always striking to see photos after an election. One picture shows an exuberant person with a mile-wide smile. The other photo shows another person slumped over, and you may even see a few tears tricking down their cheeks. You know immediately whose candidate won the election.

In my travels around the world, I’ve noticed it’s the same everywhere; there are differing opinions about who is best suited to rule their country. And in some, those differences are met with violence. That’s why, for me, it’s comforting to know that regardless who is elected, God is the ultimate authority. 

One Old Testament king found this out the hard way. His name was Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon. He was uprooted from power after an incredible dream he had about a fruitful tree being cut down. Unsettled by the dream, he sought the interpretation from his trusted advisors. They were of no help. He finally came to know of a man who might help him. His name was Daniel. 

Empowered by the Spirit of God, Daniel interpreted the dream. Nebuchadnezzar would be humbled, but his kingdom restored if he acknowledged that God was in charge —  that “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men” [Daniel 4.25].

Everything happened just as Daniel said. Nebuchadnezzar was humbled and then restored when he acknowledged the powerful rule of God.  

There are no perfect rulers in the world because the world is filled with imperfect beings. There is one ruler, however, who is absolutely perfect, completely holy, and unquestionably fair — God. Aren’t you glad that His rule is everlasting!

The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone He wishes and sets over them the lowliest of people. Daniel 4.17

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