Proverbs 21:1 – The king’s heart is in Yahweh`s hand like the watercourses. He turns it wherever he desires.
The king may be on the throne, but it’s God who is in charge. The king’s heart lies in His hand, and God directs it wherever He desires.
We see this fact in the life of Pharaoh – whose heart God hardened. The reason for this was to display His power and glory in the nation of Egypt. If Pharaoh had consented to let Israel go from the beginning, then the multitudes would not have seen the signs and wonders which were demonstrated afterward – proving that God was powerful and not to be messed with!
This concept is something that we need to remember today when it comes to our governing authorities. Romans 13:1 commands us to be in subjection to the higher authorities – ‘for there is no authority except from God, and those who be are ordained by God’. We live in a democracy, we have a vote and we should use our votes wisely to put wise and noble leaders in positions of power. But regardless of who is in power, we need to see that just like his dealings with Pharaoh, God uses those in authority for his own purposes. His plan remains, and situations that we may not understand will all eventually work together for God’s purposes in the end.
Ezra 8:22 – For I was ashamed to ask of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way, because we had spoken to the king, saying, The hand of our God is on all those who seek him, for good; but his power and his wrath is against all those who forsake him.
There are times in our enthusiasm for God when we open our mouth and make statements about Him that we have to walk out later on! This is exactly what had happened to Ezra. He’d opened his mouth and said to the king of Babylon “The hand of our God is on us”. However, the road he was about to walk was well known for bandits and robbers. But to ask the king for soldiers to protect them would have been to show the king he didn’t really believe that God would look after them.
So Ezra called a fast, and prays that God will protect them as they journey forward.
When we make claims of God’s power and saving ability, the very least that we can do is to display our own confidence in them! When Christians boast of God’s strength, but then don’t look to Him for His support we undermine our message and lose credibility in the eyes of the world.
It’s good for us to let people know that God can do all things! Let’s just make sure that we really believe what we’re saying is true for us!