God’s Sovereignty – Devotion
The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. – Proverbs 21:1
‘I wish I was the boss, or If I was the boss I wouldn’t have made that decision’ etc. Such comments are commonplace these days, for most people are not the decision makers, but are those who take directives from their managers and bosses, or in a Church situation, a pastor or spiritual leader. The proverb above was written by Solomon, who was Israel’s King during their golden age, a man blessed with unrivalled wealth and wisdom. Solomon was aware that beyond every visible king lies the true invisible King who is sovereign in all His ways, who can raise up and bring down and change the heart of an Earthly king to fulfil His eternal purpose as He so wishes without violating their free will. Biblical history records many such situations of God turning kings’ hearts like that of Cyrus the King of Persia to grant favour for the Jews to return to Jerusalem to begin to rebuild their temple that had been decimated years earlier. It is evident that Cyrus didn’t know the Lord, yet God dropped His sovereign purpose into his heart. All authority ultimately comes from God. This doesn’t mean that what they do is always godly, but they occupy a position that God has set them in. It takes great trust to look to the invisible King beyond the Earthly king and trust that if God wants to He can easily turn it wherever He wants. God’s ways are clearly higher than our ways, so let’s sleep easy and live in light of the fact that God alone sovereignly holds the hearts of all Earthly kings in His hands. What he has called us to do, according to Paul’s letter to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:1-2 is to “Pray for kings and all that are in authority”!
Prayer: Father, thank You that You are supreme in Your authority over all realms of Earthly authority. I pray for our Prime Minister and the leaders of our Government, and I pray for our pastors; those who have spiritual authority in our lives and in our nations, that you will use them powerfully. In Jesus’ wonderful name. Amen.
Scriptures for Reflection: Dan 4:17,25,34-35; John 3:27; Heb 11:27; Ex 9:16; Rom 9:17; Eph 1:11; 2 Chr 36:22-23; Ezra 1:1-4; Isaiah 44:26-28, 45:1-5: Rom 13:1-7