—-the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the baseth of men. Daniel 4:17
Visitors in Washington who tour the White House often notice the beautiful fireplace in the State Dining Room. Carved into this stone mantel, just below a painting of Abraham Lincoln, are the words: “I pray to heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.” Those words were originally written in a letter by John Adams to his wife Abigail after they moved into the White House. During World War II, Franklin Roosevelt found them and had them carved into the fireplace.
We pray for honest and wise leaders, and our nation needs godly rulers. Yet the Book of Daniel gives us the example of Nebuchadnezzar, a cruel and egomaniacal man. God humbled him and used him to fulfill Divine Providence. God sometimes raises up leaders for purposes known only to Himself at the time. Yet we can rest assured that His authority is supreme and that His providence works all things together for the fulfilling of His ultimate purposes.(From Turning Point)
It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.