Proverbs 21:1 – The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord , as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Meditation: Do you ever wonder about the limits of God’s power? Furthermore, if there are limits, then are they self-imposed? If Jesus Christ is any reflection of God (and we trust that he is God in the flesh), then we have our answer. Jesus used restraint at all times. At any point in time during His earthly sojourn, Jesus Christ could have passed everlasting judgement upon everyone. Yet He did not. Why? It’s simple, because it was not the will of God the Father.
Today’s passage is incredibly important for us to remember. Even though many if not most people on the Earth elect their leaders, God is sovereign over all things. Whether they are elected, appointed, or assigned by hereditary right, no ruler is above the influence, or dare I say the control, of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
King Nebuchadnezzar is the classic example in the Bible of a ruler who though too mich of himself. The mighty Babylonian king ruled much of the known world, but he failed to recognize that God had given him that kingdom for His own purposes. When Nebuchadnezzar said, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?” In the very next verse, Daniel tells us, “While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying , O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee” (Daniel 4:30-31).
Call to Action: Find out the names of local governmental leaders like your mayor, city council members, representatives, senators, governors, and your national leaders in Congress and the Presidential cabinet regardless of party or political affiliation. If you live outside of the United States, then seek out the names of your local and national officials, party leaders and ministerial appointees. You may not like these people. You may certainly disagree with their agendas. You may even not believe they are legitimate leaders. None of that matters for this exercise. Just write down their names, and pray for them. If they are ungodly, then you could argue that they need God’s guidance all the more.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 – I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.