Control

November 5, 2020

1 A king’s heart is like channeled water in the Lord’s hand: He directs it wherever he chooses.

Proverbs 21:1

Written by Josh Lynn from the West Franklin Campus

Hopefully we are all still washing our hands frequently, regardless of the state of a global pandemic. The next time you’re at the sink, take a second and channel the waters in your hands. Guide the water to fall off of your hand at different places. Rinse the bubbles off the side of the sink. Have fun with it.

My three-year-old daughter does this on her own every time she washes her hands. There is something natural and timeless about playing in the water in this way. It makes you feel for just a second like you’re in control of how something goes, by giving you a visual affirmation that you are indeed directing the flow.

We are all hard-wired with the need to feel in control of something (ourselves, our household, our business, our government, our church…the list goes on), but here Solomon reminds us that control is not ours to grasp or take pride in. To God, the heart of a king is as easy and simple to guide as the water in your sink is for you. He is the one who is really in control. He moves and directs as He pleases—no matter who the king is or what kingdom he rules.

Several passages show us how God channels and directs the kings of this world. Some kings He directs in order to bring judgment, like Pharaoh in the days of Moses (Exodus 9:12), Tiglath-Pilesar, who led the Assyrian conquest of Israel (Isaiah 41:2-4), or Nebuchadnezzar whom God drove to madness and led to repentance (Daniel 4:33-37). Other kings He directs in order to bring blessing, like king Artaxerxes who funded the rebuilding of the temple (Ezra 7:21), or David and Solomon who led Israel to its most prosperous heights.

In today’s verse, the word for water is the word used for water in an irrigation ditch—bringing life to dry valleys. Wherever our leaders take us, we can be sure that God is in control, and we can trust Him no matter what happens around us. But let’s commit to pray that, as in Proverbs 21:1, God will lead the waters in the hearts of our leaders to bring new life to a dry land.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. How does it make you feel to know that God channels and directs the hearts of people? Does it make you feel uncomfortable and powerless? Does it make you feel calm and reassured?
  2. It is easy to see how God has used even evil kings in the past for His purposes. Where can you see God working His purposes even through the evil of mankind today?
  3. How can you incorporate prayers for the leaders in your life to be used by God to bring life-giving waters to dry lands?

Family Activity
Fun sink activity before supper.  Have each family member say John 3:16 out loud while scrubbing with soap and water.  Have fun helping the little ones that may not have it memorized yet.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Missions Prayer
Pray for your home to be a place of discipleship and sending, where family members treasure the gospel. Ask God to show you one way your family can treasure the gospel in a deeper way this week.

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