God Controls Decisions
God Controls Decisions
It is difficult for us to imagine or understand how God controls decisions of government leaders. We know from the last blog that God appoints rulers of nations. We have learned from previous blogs that God is sovereign. God also controls decisions that government officials make.
Some decisions are made after seeking advice and counsel from others. In these cases God controls the advice given and the extent to which that advice is received and acted upon so that His sovereign will is always accomplished.
An example occurred in the life of David’s grandson Rehoboam – 1 Kings 12:1-24. The men of Israel ask how to lighten the heavy yoke Solomon had placed on the people. Rehoboam first consulted the elders who had served his father. They advised him to give the men a favorable answer. Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders and consulted the young men who had grown up with him. They advised him to answer the people harshly. The result 10 tribes of Israel revolted against Rehoboam splitting the kingdom. The question that we would ask is. Why did Rehoboam make such a foolish decision? We find the answer in: 1 Kings 12:15 So the king did not listen to the people, for it was a turn of affairs brought about by the LORD that he might fulfill his word, which the LORD spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
Good advice was rejected and harmful or foolish advice was followed. Both were attributed to the sovereign hand of God, who was guiding the minds of the King to accomplish His will. God rules the world by Providence, not by miracles. God does not always spare the righteous when He judges a nation though He is well able to do so if He chooses.
We see another example in: Exodus 9:5–7 And the LORD set a time, saying, “Tomorrow the LORD will do this thing in the land.” 6 And the next day the LORD did this thing. All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one of the livestock of the people of Israel died. 7 And Pharaoh sent, and behold, not one of the livestock of Israel was dead. But the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.
If we are caught up in the disastrous consequences we must still continue to trust God even in those difficult times. God may someday punish this nation for the wrong that is going on in this nation – abortions and same-sex marriages. Trust that the care and welfare of His children is not being forgotten.
I am thinking of an event in our country’s history where God’s Providence was apparent. Do you know what that event is?