10/10 Daniel 2:32-33

32 The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.

The king of Babylon had seen a dream that greatly troubled him. He was familiar with the trickery of his magicians, so instead of asking for the interpretation, he asked for them to tell him what he had dreamed. Only Daniel could do that, for God revealed to Daniel what the king had seen. It was a great image of a man and represented all the governments of man until the kingdom of God would come and take over the whole earth (Daniel 2:44-45).

Patriotism can be a good thing or a horrible thing. Some governments are godly for a time. None stay godly. With power often comes corruption. Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged that Daniel's God was the God of gods and then made a statue of himself and ordered everyone to worship it (Daniel 2:47; 3:5). Even attempts at a theocracy fail, because man is involved. Daniel had said that it is God that sets up kings and takes them down (Daniel 2:21). He is sovereign over it all, even though He gives us the freedom to make choices. A nation may turn to God for a time, but history has shown that they will eventually turn away. To put your faith and trust in the governments of man is to trust in this great image of a man that will eventually be destroyed. The only hope of justice and righteousness in the earth is outside of the power and ability of man. Only when the King of kings reigns will there be peace on earth and liberty and justice for all. He is the only hope for governing mankind. Come Lord Jesus!

Consider: The truth of this dream should remind us where the emphasis of our lives should be placed.