Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 8, 2015

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel Chapter 3.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Samuel%203&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David;  and David grew steadily stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker continually.

6 It came about while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David that Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul.  7 Now Saul had a concubine whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah;  and Ish-bosheth said to Abner, “Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?”  8 Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth and said, “Am I a dog’s head that belongs to Judah?  Today I show kindness to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers and to his friends, and have not delivered you into the hands of David; and yet today you charge me with a guilt concerning the woman.  9 May God do so to Abner, and more also, if as the Lord has sworn to David, I do not accomplish this for him, 10 to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and to establish the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba.”     2 Samuel Chapter 3:  Verses 1 and 6-10.

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Abner was commander of Saul’s army.  2 Samuel 2:8.  We have read of some of accomplishments in 2 Samuel Chapter 2 from which we can reasonably conclude that he was a tough, disciplined man of war.

And yet, in today’s Scripture, Abner was willing to switch sides and deliver Saul’s kingdom to David because Ish-bosheth said to him, “Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?”

God turned Abner’s heart as easily as a man can turn the flow of water in his hand.

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;

He turns it wherever He wishes.”  Proverbs 21:1.

Other doctrine either does not see God’s sovereignty and God’s work throughout Scripture or minimizes it. 

But, Reformed Doctrine sees God’s sovereignty and God’s work throughout Scripture and is glad and exalts God.  

“4 For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done,
I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.

5 How great are Your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep.
6 A senseless man has no knowledge,
Nor does a stupid man understand this:
7 That when the wicked sprouted up like grass
And all who did iniquity flourished,
It was only that they might be destroyed forevermore.
8 But You, O Lord, are on high forever.
9 For, behold, Your enemies, O Lord,
For, behold, Your enemies will perish;
All who do iniquity will be scattered.”  Psalm 92:4-9.

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