Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 8th, 2017
The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.
Proverbs 21:1 (NLT)
Like a Stream of Water
The Lord is greater than even elected officials or leaders on every level. We are not the helpless victims of their decisions. This verse explains why the people of God are called upon to pray for all of those in authority. As we pray, the Lord can even over-rule the thoughts and possible decisions of a “king.” The Lord taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Canadian rivers helped build this country. In days before roads and railroads, travel across this massive country took place on lakes and river. Established on January 18, 1984, the Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS) is a co-operative program developed and run by the federal, provincial and territorial governments. The objectives of the program are to give national recognition to Canada’s outstanding rivers. So far there are 37 Heritage Rivers in Canada with four more having recently been nominated.
As long as mankind has planted crops, farmers have learned the necessity of irrigating their fields. Early on they learned how to redirect streams of water to provide the best irrigation for their crops. King Solomon noticed this and used it as an analogy of how the Lord changes the heart and thinking of a leader. He writes in Proverbs 21:1: “The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.” King Solomon is using himself as an example of how the Lord directs the thinking of those who trust Him. As a person studies God’s word and spends time in prayer, God is able to direct his thoughts, and decisions are made based on Bible principles and God’s leading. God can do this in the life of a leader that knows Him and is led by Him. We need to pray for those in authority that they will heed Bible truth as they lead and give counsel. And even though most of us aren’t kings and political leaders, we need to allow the Lord to direct our thinking. As He does we will produce godly fruit.
These have been words from the heart.