Proverb for the Day 21:1 — God’s In Charge!

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.

The ancients, like us today, were in awe of the power of flowing water. Flash floods have always been common during the rainy season in Israel. I have a friend whose sister died in such a flood there while guiding a group through a desert region.  

The watercourse of this verse can create its own “path” where there was none and carry things to places they would not normally be found. God’s power and ability to direct things is compared to that flowing water in the verse.

A king in Proverbs was the leader of a country and we would relate it to the President of the United States today. So, the verse suggests that whatever our government leaders do, regardless of their own faith, we can be confident that our God is still directing their activities.  

But the principle also applies to any leader, boss or supervisor in our lives today. Whatever they do or don’t do is also in God’s hands. He has the power and will, when necessary, change and redirect what the boss does. His heart is in the hands of the LORD — and so is my life – so I need to just trust Him.