Book: Proverbs 21
“The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it where he pleases.”
As a child I enjoyed summers playing at the beach. In front of our cabin was some wet sand with little streams of water going down it. Some of us would spend hours creating sand dams, stopping the water from flowing its natural path. Sometimes we would go as far up the little stream that we could and re-route the water in the direction we wanted it to go. One thing we learned quickly is that we could not stop the water from flowing down. If we did block it off, eventually our dams would break and the water would go pouring over the top destroying it. Many hours of fun were spent seeing what creative water canals and dams we could build. Each day was a new engineering project as the tide would wash over the sand structures from the day before.
God guides the heart of leaders as well. In Ezra 1:1 it says, “In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, the LORD fulfilled the prophecy he had given through Jeremiah. He stirred the heart of Cyrus to put this proclamation in writing and to send it throughout his kingdom…” and then in chapter 7 verse 27 it says, “Praise the LORD, the God of our ancestors, who made the king want to beautify the Temple of the LORD in Jerusalem!” Here we see that God “stirred the heart” and “made the king” do what He wanted him to do. There are many examples in scripture that demonstrate that God can and does guide kings’ hearts even when they don’t know it.
How does this proverb apply to you and me today? First, it is important that we know and understand that God is still God. Kings, rulers, presidents, prime ministers and leaders may think they are in charge but God is greater than they are and He can guide their heart into doing what He wants. God is still in control.
Secondly, the course of action or the direction a leader is going today can be altered by God and we can have a part in it. Even the most evil leader in this world can have their heart changed into a new direction. For some they will submit their lives to Jesus and follow Him while others will change paths assuming it was their own idea. For this to happen, Kingdom builders need to urgently pray asking God to change the streams that are coming out of the leader’s heart into a new direction.
How does one pray asking God to change the decisions of a leader? Go to God’s word the Bible, find passages of scripture that relate to the decisions that the leader is making and pray them back to God. Remind Him of His promises, (He has not forgotten them but often is waiting for us to remember them and ask for them). By eagerly desiring God’s promises through prayer you will be joining Him in what He wants to do. Could it be that He is waiting for you and me to pray for Him to do a special work in the heart of a leader? Every time I read about North Korea in the news or think about that country and the difficulties the people are facing I take it to the Lord in prayer. I am asking the Lord to move or remove the present leader so that the people of Korea would have freedom to worship the almighty God. I know that’s what God desires as well. What leader will you commit to pray for?