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God Rules in Our Heart – Proverbs 21:1
Bible verse: The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will. – Proverbs 21:1
When reading this verse, I can feel the authority by which God rules all things. He examines our heart and spirit, deeply knows the thoughts of every one of us. Also, I can see God’s sovereignty and arrangement in our daily international relationships or our behavior and conduct. Just as God says, “The heart and spirit of man are held in the hand of God, and all the life of man is beheld in the eyes of God. Regardless of whether or not you believe this, any and all things, living or dead, will shift, change, renew, and disappear according to God’s thoughts. This is how God rules over all things.” Hence, every time when we have a conflict, complaint and misunderstanding with people around us, we should come before God to seek His will. Just as His words say, “If you believe in the dominion of God, then you must believe that the things that happen every day, be they good or bad, don’t happen accidentally. It is not that someone doesn’t get on with you or opposes you on purpose; it is actually all arranged by God and He orchestrates everything. What does God orchestrate everything for? It is not to reveal your shortcomings for everyone to see or to expose you; exposing you is not the final aim. The aim is to perfect you and save you. How does God perfect you and save you? Firstly, He makes you aware of your own corrupt disposition, your own nature and essence, your own shortcomings and what you lack. Only by knowing these things and understanding them in your heart can you cast them off—this is a God-given opportunity. You must learn to seize this opportunity and know how to seize it; don’t lock horns and don’t resist. If you are always competing with the people, events, and things that God has arranged around you, if you are always trying to extricate yourself from them, always feeling dissatisfied, always harboring a disagreeable mentality and always misunderstanding, then you will find it very difficult to enter into the truth. Through obeying, seeking, praying more, retreating to your spirit and coming before God then, unbeknownst to you, a change will happen in your inner condition. When you are having a change, the reality of the truth is being wrought in you, and you will then progress and will see a change in the conditions of your life. When you have this change, and this kind of reality of the truth, then you will have stature, and with stature comes life.”
From God’s word we can see that, the people, matters and things around us are arranged by God. The goal is to have us learn some lessons and know our shortcomings and deficiencies, then we practice on the basis of God’s words, this will satisfy His will. No matter what happens, we will surely gain the most practical profit when we understand His will, have true knowledge of Him, and know ourselves. Having a normal relationship with God also naturally results in normal relationships with other people. This verse is of great importance and reminds us to accept things from God and come before Him.
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