“O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor. Because of the high position he gave him, all the peoples and nations and men of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled. But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. (Daniel 5:18–20, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “If we have to use force, it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future.” (Secretary of State Madeline Albright — Clinton Administration).
“As flawed as our foreign policy can be, and whatever blind spots we have, we really are the indispensable nation.” (President Barack Obama).
“Arrogant and hardened with pride” led to Nebuchadnezzar being “deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory.” See any danger signals to our “indispensable nation?”
“You [do] not honor the God who holds in his hand your [nation] and all [its] ways. [Perhaps the handwriting is already on the wall]?
God has numbered the days of your reign and [is bringing] it to an end.
You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
Your kingdom is [irreparably] divided…”
(Daniel 5:23–28, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Perhaps I am being a bit melodramatic and a little loose with the text. Perhaps not. At any rate, pray for our country that “we the people” will humbly “[acknowledge] that the Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets [them aside anytime] he wishes.” (Daniel 5:21, NIV 1984). We are not, and never have been, an indispensable nation.