Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Theme: THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

Text: “The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee….until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.” – Daniel 4:30-32.

Comment: Daniel the prophet went on to explain that the stump of the tree was left to show that the kingdom would be restored to him after he had been made to realise “that the heavens do rule”. The prophet of God then urged Nebuchadnezzar to humble himself, show mercy to the poor  and rule in the fear of God so as to receive mercy;  (Daniel 4:26, 27)  Unfortunately, he was inflated with pride by reason of his material attainment and had no regard for God as stated in the text for today. He had barely finished making the arrogant statement when a voice came from heaven saying he would be driven from men to dwell with wild animals for seven years for him to learn to acknowledge God Almighty.

 

At the expiration of his period of punishment, he regained his senses and acknowledged the supremacy of God. He then blessed the most High, and  “praised and honoured  him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation: and all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?… and those that walk in pride He is able to abase.”— Daniel 4: 34-37.