In God’s Hands – Proverbs 21

It’s hard to get in a panic about politics or the economy, or whatever the topic of the day is, when I remember this proverb. God’s directing the hearts of our leaders as easily as channeling water “wherever he pleases.” The next verse puts the responsibility on me to live uprightly; not by what my leaders say or what seems right, but as God directs. He weighs my heart.

“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.” Proverbs 21:1 NIV

“All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.” 21:2

This next proverb convinced me I needed to improve my saving habits. Believe it or not, for many years I believed it was selfish to hang on to our savings when there were so many others with needs. In prayer one day I felt a gentle reprimand when I was asking God for something. I felt his answer was, “I’ve already given you what you’re asking, but you gave it away.” I believed he wanted me to learn to be a better manager.

“In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.” 21:20

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in the Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

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