The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.  Daniel 4:17

This week’s timely devotional is brought to us by Dr. Kenneth Smith, Dean of the McLane College of Business.

It is election season, and it would be easy to worry.  But as a follower of Jesus, I need not. 

The story in Daniel 4 is Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, in which he saw a great tree, tall and strong, that yielded abundant fruit, cooling shade, and safe shelter … cut down and destroyed, with its stump banded with iron and bronze … yet with the promise of new growth after a season.  The dream was God’s message to Nebuchadnezzar that, like the tree, he had become strong … and proud.  He would be “cut down” and suffer madness for a time, until “you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will” (v. 26).  So it happened. 

When he was eventually restored, Nebuchadnezzar blessed God and acknowledged that “… he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’” (v. 35).

We live in a constitutional republic and have the privilege and responsibility to vote for our leaders.  Yet this freedom is ours under the sovereign rule of Jesus Christ, to whom all authority has been given by his Father.  And He will give authority in the United States to whomever he wishes, for His own glory and purpose, as he does in every other nation on earth.  The outcome of the coming election is in His hands.  I will vote—or dissent—as my conscience leads, but I will not worry about the results because my faith is in a greater leader.  The Lord reigns.