Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Proverbs for Living - 21

Proverbs 21:1-2 (CSB) - "A king’s heart is like channeled water in the Lord’s hand: He directs it wherever he chooses. All a person’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs hearts."

This chapter of Proverbs deals in many ways with the Sovereignty of God in many areas. We can see about God's sovereignty in the affairs of the government, the affairs of the poor, the affairs of the wicked, and the affairs of conflict. Pause and muse over each of these areas.

On this day, I am musing over the first verse,   and encourage you to do the same. In America, we might substitute the word president for the word king. It would include the senators, congressmen, governors, state legislators, and all the judicial system at all levels. If we truly want to influence our leaders in a God ordained fashion, then we need to get on our knees and talk to Him about the leader. God is still in control. Our leaders (yes, even those at our work) are in His Hand. We are not to go out and riot or take matters into our own hands. In the New Testament, Paul tells Timothy in the first letter to Timothy that if we pray for those in authority everywhere, that God will move upon their hearts to do right, and in return we can live in peace.

When was the last time you prayed for your leaders?

Prayer: God of the Universe, Sovereign Lord and Master, May I remember that all things are in Your hand and control. Help me to seek You at all times. May I remember to pray for those in authority over me, may I not take the matters into my own hands, may I patiently wait and watch how You will move to Your Honor and Glory. Amen.

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