After creating the universe, God did not leave His creation to run its own course. The Lord, who is sovereign, continues to be actively involved in the universe, even in the affairs of men. As seen in many passages, the Lord declares His ownership of the earth and all that is contained in it (e.g. Deuteronomy 10:14; Psalm 89:11; 24:1; 1 Corinthians 10:26).
Furthermore, in Scripture we see God asserting His rightful ownership of all humanity (Ezekiel 18:4); Israel (Leviticus 20:26; Ezekiel 16:8; Isaiah 43:1); and the church (John 17:6, 9; 1 Corinthians 3:23; 2 Corinthians 10:7; Galatians 5:24). Man, whom God created to become His image bearers, was also given the ability to choose. Hence, man is accountable for his decisions.
One example of this is Nebuchadnezzar. He was warned beforehand by Daniel that if he does not acknowledge the sovereign God, there will be consequences. Unfortunately, his pride went to his head and he lived like an animal for seven years (Daniel 4:31-33). The angel said to Nebuchadnezzar that his punishment will last only for a certain period and until he recognizes that God is sovereign and is in control in the affairs of mankind (4:32). God then graciously restored to him his kingdom after he acknowledged God (4:34-37).
Moreover, Scripture tells us that God directs man’s ways (e.g. Psalm 37:23; Proverbs 16:9; 20:24; Jeremiah 10:23-25). It is when we trust in the Lord and acknowledge Him that our steps will be blessed (Proverbs 3:5-6).