And “God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”(Psalm 75:7)
Here are Biblical examples:
King Saul Saul was a tall, handsome and popular man (1 Samuel 9:2). He was God’s chosen man to be the King of Israel. The country was a collection of tribes with no central leader. They were not, however, equipped to rule in times of war. Because the Philistines were constantly attacking them, the people cried for a king.
Of course, the Lord who brought all of this about because the people had forsaken Him and served other gods (1 Samuel 8:7-9). Saul was anointed the first king of all the tribes of Israel. God gave them what they wanted (1 Samuel 8:7).
Saul started well, winning military victories. Then Saul arrogantly made a sacrificial offering he was not authorized to (1 Samuel 13:9-12), He refused to obey God’s command to kill all the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15:3) and he lied to cover it up. As a result God withdrew His Spirit from Saul and an evil spirit drove him mad. The large army of the Philistines crushed Saul’s troops, killing all of his sons. In King Saul’s final act he killed himself.
God picked the very leader Israel wanted and he led the nation into devastation.
Nebuchadnezzar God appointed Nebuchadnezzar to be the King of Babylon in about 605 BC: “O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour” (Daniel 5:18)
A good example of God using a leader as a tool of judgement is His using Babylon to over run Israel as punishment for Israel sinful rejection of Him.
Nebuchadnezzar is famous for conquering and destroying Judah and Jerusalem. He completely destroyed the temple and most of Jerusalem, and carried most of the inhabitants back to Babylon. This was an act of God’s judgment against a sinful Judah.
Nebuchadnezzar in his arrogance he considered himself to be a god. Nebuchadnezzar created a gold statue of himself and ordered everyone to bow down to it. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, refused, and the king had them thrown into a blazing furnace. Daniel was put in the lion’s den. And to top all of his wickedness, Nebuchadnezzar murdered 600,000 Jews who had obeyed his command and worshiped the idol, After God used him to judge the Jews, he himself was judged. God turned him into an animal where he is said to have grazed for 7 years.
Nebuchadnezzar, in spite of all his wickedness, was chosen by God to rule over Babylon.
Pilate When Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate, on trial for His life, he was informed that all his political power had been given him by God: “Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above.” (John 19:10, 11) Who gave Pilate the power to crucify Jesus? God did.