This is what the dream means, your majesty, and what the Most High has declared will happen to my lord the king. You will be driven from human society, and you will live in the fields with the wild animals. You will eat grass like a cow, and you will be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone He chooses. – Daniel 4:24-25
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, was extremely arrogant and proud of his personal accomplishments. In fact, he was pretty convinced that all of his success came as a result of his own ability and competence. He utterly refused to acknowledge God’s involvement or aid … so God taught Nebuchadnezzar a lesson.
The Christian life is one, big school. Like the ancient Babylonian king, each of us must learn that the “Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses.” And, like Nebuchadnezzar, we will not receive our own “royal power” until we are willing to acknowledge that Jesus is truly Lord of all.
May each of us recall the words of James, who wrote, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor (James 4:10).” As the King of kings, Christ distributes the crowns.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. – John Wooden
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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