The wisdom of Proverbs 16:18 counsels that pride precedes disaster and arrogance comes before a fall. In this story in Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that greatly disturbed him, but he could not remember the details or figure out what it meant. Daniel prayed to God and received a vision and interpretation of the king’s dream. It’s a classic illustration for this proverb. The king was concerned about the longevity of the empire he had built, and his dream gave him the unsettling picture of disaster that was about to bring it down. Moreover, his vision bore witness to an everlasting Kingdom that would come and dismantle any and every human endeavor at greatness. In a way, we all dream some version of this dream. It’s a very human dream. The sooner we realize our earthly fiefdoms will come toppling down, and acknowledge there is a greater Kingdom we can embrace, enter and go to work in, the more inner peace we will find as we bow our will to He that is greater and everlasting.
“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdomsand bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.
“The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”
Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him. The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”