There is a lesson history has taught over and over again that mankind has yet to learn.
The lesson is in Daniel 4. It is the interpretation of a dream Nebuchadnezzar had. The king had recently grown very fond of himself and of his accomplishments. Instead of giving the credit and glory to God for his wonders, Nebuchadnezzar began to think of himself as the greatest king who ever lived.
Daniel told him he was wrong, and told the king exactly what God intended to do to teach him a lesson. Daniel told the king “that you be driven away from mankind and your dwelling place be with the beasts of the field, and you be given grass to eat like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven; and seven periods of time will pass over you, until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes,” (Daniel 4:25 NASB).
God has caused this passage to come down through thousands of years of history to help us understand that whenever we think we are the gods of the universe, we are wrong and that he will SHOW us we are wrong.
There is also one other lesson in the passage. God makes rulers in the earth because he himself rules. We often forget this is the case.
Babylon rose to power from insignificant beginnings, just as the Assyrians had, just as Israel had. And it would give way to the Persians, who rose from insignificant beginnings just as the Greeks would and just as Philip of Macedon and his son, Alexander the Great rose to power to conquer the known world.
Americans sometimes believe they are the ones who are going to travel to the stars because they have become the greatest civilization of the world. The Lord would have us remember Daniel 4:25. Careful. Remember how this country thought it was destined to claim the moon as our own special province, that is, until Apollo 1 resulted in three dead astronauts and Apollo 13’s explosion in space taught us we weren’t as scientifically advanced as we thought we were.
What happened during the days of the space shuttle to bring us “back to earth?” Challenger and Columbia exploded. Some say this is the price of exploration and that people through the ages have paid the same price. But, before we are too convinced this is just business as usual, we should remember “the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind.”
God rules over people, though people have difficulty remembering it. We should take the lessons of history and remember that God rules the nations and gives power to “whomever he wishes.”