Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 1, 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 1 Kings Chapter 12.  Here is a quote to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+12&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

12 Then Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day as the king had directed, saying, “Return to me on the third day.”  13 The king answered the people harshly, for he forsook the advice of the elders which they had given him, 14 and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke;  my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.”  15 So the king did not listen to the people;  for it was a turn of events from the Lord, that He might establish His word, which the Lord spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

16 When all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying,

“What portion do we have in David?
We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse;
To your tents, O Israel!
Now look after your own house, David!”

So Israel departed to their tents. 17 But as for the sons of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.  18 Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the forced labor, and all Israel stoned him to death.  And King Rehoboam made haste to mount his chariot to flee to Jerusalem.  19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

20 It came about when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, that they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel.  None but the tribe of Judah followed the house of David.”  1 Kings 12:12-20.

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Our LORD’s sovereignty is on display in today’s Scripture and summarized in verse 15:  “So the king did not listen to the people;  for it was a turn of events from the Lord, that He might establish His word, which the Lord spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.”  (See 1 Kings 11:29-39 for the LORD’s word.)

“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 panics at every turn:  “Oh no!  What is man going to do?!”  

But, Reformed Doctrine calmly trusts the sovereignty of God to accomplish His will at every turn.

The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”  Psalm 2:2-6.

“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;  It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:11.

 

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