May31MonMay 31, 2021
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 NKJ)
Greetings faithful ones, the Lord is with you!
Last month, April 26th to be exact, I wrote about how God is “more in control of you then you think”, from Proverbs 16. Proverbs 21 declares God is more in control of the world than we think. Conclusion: GOD IS SOVEREIGN! That means He possesses supreme political power, as ruler over the nations. He is Lord of lords and King of kings!
As I have been reading through the Bible since January, I am continually amazed at how God is able to move kings and political leaders into accomplishing His purposes. Think of the Pharaoh of Egypt, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, or His own kings of Israel. When we get to the New Testament, we continue to see God directing leaders to accomplish His purposes, like Herod, Pilate, and the rest.
I encourage you to read chapter 4 of Daniel, where King Neb gets a dream from God about his upcoming days of grazing as a cow in the field. King Neb makes this remarkable statement, “the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men.” (Dan. 4:17). Romans 13:1 confirms this statement: “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”
This might be hard for some to take, for the logical deduction is that if God sets up every ruler, He even sets up the evil one. Scripture confirms that too! Romans 9:17 states, “For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” Even Jesus affirms before the man who is about to sentence Him to death, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.” (John 19:11) God will deal with evil rulers in His own timing, even as these proverbs state, The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin. (Proverbs 21:12) and The violence of the wicked will destroy them, because they refuse to do justice. (Proverbs 21:7)
God is sovereign! He has a plan, and His ways are not our ways. Even so, we are commanded to pray for our leaders, that God might have mercy on a people or nation, and supply a righteous, merciful leader. And, we pray that God would steer the king’s heart to do what is right. “Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.”(Proverbs 20:28) God gives the people the type of leader they want or deserve, as we see with king Saul. When the people have had enough of the consequences of their own evil choices, God sends in a David to accomplish His purposes. I believe, in North America, that we are living with rulers of our own desires; God has given us the leaders we wanted that best suits our sinful lifestyles. We need to repent and turn to the Lord (2Chronicles 7:13-14)
So, how do we translate the Sovereignty of God into our current world? Number 1: Do we really believe that God is in control and knows what He is doing? If so, then we can trust Him to work out all of the details. If not, then we ought to examine our view of scripture, which clearly teaches that God is in control and knows what He is doing!
Number 2: If God can look after all of the affairs of the world, He can certainly handle my little world, and all the details. My response to serving a sovereign God is to step off the throne and let Him Rule my life. If I give Him control, He’ll do a much better job of my life, and I will fulfill His purposes, rather than my own selfish desires.
Number 3: With God as supreme ruler, I can anticipate the day when He finally sets up His righteous King to rule once and for all, over the whole world. All of history is moving towards a sovereign plan and goal of establishing Jesus Christ as King over his Kingdom to rule and reign in justice and truth. As Paul states in Acts 17, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 "because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead." (I encourage you to read Acts 17:17-34, to see how Sovereign God is!). The anti-christ, one world religion and government will all happen as written in God’s word. Everything will unfold exactly as God has predetermined. The Book of Revelation, and all of the prophecies of old will come to pass, because God’s word never returns void, but accomplishes what He sets it out to do. Our best bet for getting through difficult times and leaders is to run to Him, throwing ourselves down at His feet and clinging to Him for safety and life. I want to be on the winning team. Praise God I am trusting the King of kings and Lord of lords!
He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness and honor. Proverbs 21:21
Have a blessed week!