by Harley Howard

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Proverbs Chapter 21 (22 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard

1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

God is sovereign and in control of leaders whether they know it or not. The life and heart of the king is controlled by God's power as a channel of water is controlled by a farmer for irrigation. There is one resounding truth that we need to understand in our study of this book, that is, that God is in complete control of all of the affairs of mankind, no matter if we understand it or not. God's providence is at work forever.

Proverbs 16:1, 9
1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

God is also omniscient in His full knowledge of man's heart. We see things from our perspective, but God knows our hearts with an absolute knowledge that is infinitely greater than ours. Only the Lord truly knows why we do what we do. Again, as with the affairs of our lives, we really don't know fully the depths of our hearts. And since we don't, then we don't know the genuine motives of what we do all the time. There is a certain reality that we do not know with full knowledge the motives of what we do, and even with what we do know about why we do what we do, the Lord still knows infinitely more about us than we do. It is the Lord that ponders the heart, meaning that the Lord weighs with an exact weight, the heart. The Lord weighs the heart of us all by comparing it with a standard. In other words, we believe that we know our way and God measures the truth of our ways, according to His standards. God measures every thought, every act, and every deed according to His standards.

3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

To do justice and jud ...

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