For some of us it is a look back more than a few years . . . remember how the tiny hand of a baby will grasp your thumb or finger? Do you recall how you guided the child, holding that little hand, to avoid obstacles, or go in a path that was better for them? When they are tiny, it is easy to lead them -- their hearts are full of trust and love, and wonder at where you are leading them.
Ancient kings were pretty much all powerful. We've looked at that before. Solomon is telling us here that even the most influential king has someone who is more powerful than he is. God is so powerful that He can turn the king's heart according to His own will, just as a river may be turned to flow in a different direction. Absolute human power, such as that wielded by a king, can generally force man to comply (outwardly at least) with rules and laws, but the heart of man can continue in rebellion against those laws. God's power, though, changes the heart of man.
Remember what I said about that child you were leading?
"...their hearts are full of trust and love, and wonder at where you are leading them."If you think about it, that is a pretty good description of the attitude we should have -- that childlike faith which will allow God to guide our hearts in the paths we should go. Please look up Mark 10:13-16 for the rest of our study for today. Honestly, I have to work on the wonder part . . . the trust and love is there, but I tend to stress over things. I need to let go, and enjoy the wonder of it all.
There's the wonder of sunset at evening,
The wonder as sunrise I see;
But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul
Is the wonder that God loves me.
O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.
Hoping you have a restful and blessed Sunday this weekend.....