This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation. You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all…And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.” – from Daniel 2:36-45
In the earliest days of its existence, the now-called Budget Inn in Cape Girardeau, Missouri was the best motel on Highway 61. It had instant hot water, air-conditioned rooms, wall-to-wall carpet (hardwood floors were no big deal in the early 1950’s), telephones in every room, and other state of the art motel accoutrements. Over the years, through 17 separate addition projects it grew to 42 rooms, with adjacent restaurant, lounge, and swimming pool. Sometime between its 5 room start-up and its 17 room timeline, other motels started being built. When the Holiday Inn and Ramada Inn came into town, the then “Sands Motel” was dwarfed. We watched it happen. And although it did provide a living and sufficient retirement monies for my mom to live comfortably, it’s glory days were far gone by the time she sold it.
Kingdoms (and motels) come and go. We all know that. In the midst of the kingdom moments of life, however, we are often so consumed with making our own way that we lose sight of that truth. More importantly, however, we lose sight of God’s providence in the matter of kings and motels. Kings die, and motels decline. But God is behind it all: he allows building permits to be issued, sets up other kings and kingdoms, brings people up and down the highways, and moves governments to build new highways. Make no mistake God is the King of kings. He sets up nations, and rules all. That’s important to remember.
Better to remember something more: He does entrust governments, motels, families, churches, jobs, and neighborhoods to us. All this is an act of his grace. His providential care is motivated not by some need to prove his power. He has no need to prove anything to anyone. But you might say he needs to pour out his blessings, favor and kindness. That’s his nature. And we are the better for it. Never seen more clearly than in the manifestation of his goodness in Jesus, his Son, God’s goodness is abundant, pure, and eternal. Kingdoms come and kingdoms fail, but the gracious rule and reign of Jesus by faith in the hearts of people never ended. ever.
What does it look like for you today to live under him in his kingdom and serve him? One thing for sure; it looks like a life of truest peace and highest purpose.