Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord. He directs it like a stream of water anywhere he pleases.
Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to (the king), “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if He does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.
The young men would not bow to a man-made God. They respectfully told king Nebuchadnezzar that even if the Lord chose not to deliver them, they still would not bow. The king gave orders for them to be thrown into the fire and for the fire to be heated seven times hotter than normal! The sad thing was that those who threw them into the fire were burnt to death but Nebuchadnezzar beheld The King walking with the Hebrew boys in the furnace! What he witnessed caused him to believe in something bigger than himself. He later issued another decree “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego … I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.” King Nebuchadnezzar’s heart was also in the hand of the Lord!
Daniel 6:7-9 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” So King Darius put the decree in writing.
In Daniel 6: 10-11, we see that Daniel disobeyed the king’s decree. He still prayed as he used to even though the king’s edict gave specific directions that he should not. The king had no choice … Daniel had to face the consequences. Darius’ last recorded words to Daniel that day were “may the God you serve deliver you”. The poor king was so burdened that he did not sleep well that night. When the morning came, he ran to the den and found Daniel safe and sound. The Lord had miraculously kept Daniel alive! Daniel kept his eyes on his God and God delivered! God’s work in Daniel’s life opened the way for King Darius to spread the word about Daniel’s God Verse 26: “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel…” Although he may have been tricked into signing off the original edict, King Darius’ heart was in the hand of the Lord.
(Note the posture of these four young men … they were not disrespectful to those who caused them dissatisfaction but chose instead to let the light of God shine through actions. They chose not to retaliate – even in the face of death threats. They chose to trust the King before whom all kings must bow! ) Sometimes God gives the okay for you to face trials but His purpose will prevail. He has a plan and his plan will be fulfilled. You may feel pretty much like Daniel facing lions or like the Hebrew boys in the fire. Rest assured that the King of all kings is still in control. There is no earthly authority figure that wields the power of the Most High! There is absolutely none like Him and none can stand up against Him. The Bible is filled with many instances of kings who lived, ruled and died. It doesn’t matter how great and powerful they were, their hearts were still in His hands. Not one of them had the power to move or act unless He allowed it.
Maybe there’s a Nebuchadnezzar or a Darius standing in your way or trying to stomp out your dreams. You’ve tried all you can but nothing seems to change. I would like to encourage you today that there is not a king in this world who can stand up to our King! God’s name can be glorified from this attempt to bring you down. Remember to check your posture while you wait… . How will you respond? If He chooses not to deliver you … will you still be faithful? Deliverance may seem far off but the heart of your oppressor is still in His hands. Trust Him to shut the mouth of lions on your behalf!
Father, your word teaches the principles of submission and authority. I believe in honoring your words but there are days I feel like the king has set out to break my spirit. I thank You for reminding me that the heart of the king is in Your hands and You can direct them as You desire. I do not have to fight this in my own strength . All I need to do is trust You and watch You work Your purpose in this.
I purpose in my heart that I will never be disrespectful to those You have placed over me and I ask You to give me the right words for those moments when self threatens to take over. Teach me how to respond so that others may see You in action. I pray you will be glorified in this situation. I am thankful that You that You have not left me alone and that You are able to save to the utmost!
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