Summary: God overrules all the plans of earthly rulers, be they righteous or wicked, for the accomplishment of his own wise and good designs.
The Heart of the King
"The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will." -- (Proverbs 21:1)
God overrules all the plans of earthly rulers, be they righteous or wicked, for the accomplishment of his own wise and good designs.
A good king’s heart is as pliable in the hands of God as the small irrigation channels are controlled by the gardener.
Seven examples of kings obeying God:
1. David (1 Samuel 13:14)
2. Solomon (1 Kings 3:9-12)
3. Ahasuerus (Esther 6; Neh. 2)
6. Darius (Ezra 6:22)
7. Augustus (Luke 2:1-7)
Think about that for a moment! God has reserved the right to override the will of a nation’s leader, if need be, to see that His people are governed according to His will.
What’s more, God will hear the prayer of any government leader. Even if he’s the worst reprobate in the whole world. He heard the prayer of old King Nebuchadnezzar. Believe me, that means He’ll listen to any leader!
You see, Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon. He was an ungodly ruler of an ungodly nation. However, he’d taken captives from the land of Judah. He had some of God’s people under his authority. So, God began to deal with him.
Again and again, God warned him, "Nebuchadnezzar, you’re going to lose your mind if you don’t straighten up." And, sure enough, he went just as crazy as could be.
He stayed that way for years too. Then one day he cried out to God and God heard him.
Despite his status as a heathen king of a heathen nation, God intervened repeatedly in Nebuchadnezzar’s life and heard him when he finally cried out for help. Why? Because he had God’s people under his rule!
That same principle still holds true today. If we’ll open the way through prayer, God will deal with our leaders!
If we will humble ourselves in unity and pray, God can change the injustice and corruption that exist in our country, or any country for that matter. He’ll change the hearts of everyone from the White House on down to make sure His children are governed justly.
Make it a point to pray for our leaders today!
SCRIPTURE READING: Daniel 4:1-37
Daniel 4:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
This chapter contains an edict of Nebuchadnezzar after his recovery from the calamity to which it refers.
[all the earth] All the earth under Nebuchadnezzar—not all the earth outside his kingdom, which included only the modern states of Palestine, Trans-Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran. The phrase "all the earth" must be understood in a limited sense, as explained of the limitations of the Antichrist’s kingdom.
Extent of Antichrist’s Reign
Fifteen proofs Antichrist will not reign over America or be a worldwide dictator:
1. Four statements in Rev. 13 have led some to believe that Antichrist will literally rule the whole world and cause every man on earth to take a mark or be killed. They are: