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.
This week celebrates the personal and political lives of two of our country’s leaders, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. As we study both of these men’s lives we see their dedication to God in their writing and in their leading of the country. Their hearts were in God’s hands; for he directs the hearts men and leaders of men. Remember, that a man’s steps are directed by the LORD (see Proverbs 20:24). And God can change man’s mind through His divine intervention to serve His purpose for His people. Yes, even the hearts of wicked rulers are in the hands of God, such as Nebuchadnezzar (See Daniel 4:31-35); and most certainly the hearts of leaders such as Cyrus to bless God’s people. God will show His hand and intervention in the hearts of rulers far and wide (see Isaiah 45: 1-25).
So how does this mold into our lives today? Look around, it doesn’t take long for us to see how God is allowing leaders, both righteous and evil to rule countries, and nations who are serving or turning away from God. Freedom and blessings come to the nations who put their trust in God and seek Him as the leader of their lives. Where slavery, discord and unrest reside, these are the results of those who have turned away from God.
Man can make his plans, but God is the one who allows the plan according to the heart of His people. It is God who puts His plans into the hearts of His people to fulfill His Will. Even in Revelation 17:17; God’s plan to turn a wicked kingdom over to the beast will be fulfilled by God’s ability to direct man’s hearts and plans.
So as we celebrate this week of two righteous leaders of our past, let us remember that our nation was built upon God’s Will and it was lead by God’s Plan, during a time when God’s people sought His help in all matters.
Prayer: Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers that filled the hearts of our leaders of old. Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers who extended mercy to our rulers and counselors as we established our nation. Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers who has not forsaken His people but calls out to us to return to Him in humility. Heal our land of its ignorance and shame and bring into power rulers and counselors who seek your face. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen
Connie Renfro ©