Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Monday, September 2, 2019

Theme: THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

Text: “Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him. This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men. – Daniel 4:16,17.

Comment: One of the interesting incidents during the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar, was the dream in which the above prophetic command was given. According to the king he had a strange dream for which reason he invited magicians, soothsayers and astrologers, but they could not tell him the meaning, until Daniel came and interpreted it.  Daniel told the king that he was the tree of great height shown in the dream. (Daniel 4:22, 23) He further told him that “…they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.” (Daniel 4:24, 25) It is said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Some people are carried away by power to think they can do and undo, without regard to the laws of God. David the King declared: “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” – 2 Samuel 23:3.