“In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:” 2 Chronicles 36:22.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Kings 25, 2 Chronicles 36, Jeremiah 40-41, and Revelation 12.
God will have His way.
We can make plans but God knows the ending.
I do not believe that Cyrus intended to help God …….. but he had no choice. God owned his heart and God was going to work there to get His will done.
This is God using those who aren’t attached to Him to fulfill His purposes. That’s powerful.
God used Nebuchadnezzar to punish Israel and Judah. I doubt that Nebuchadnezzar had intentions to please God but he did anyhow because God ruled his heart.
In our world, we are aware of things beyond our control. That’s a great realization to have. We truly have zero control over anything. We have free will, but God is the ultimate director of where our choices will lead us to.
It is comforting to me to know that God is in charge. My fears in this area come from my forgetting this important truth.
I want God to work in my heart. I want every thought/word/deed to please Him. I must surrender the control of my life to Him and then act accordingly.
“Lord, thank You for the Cyrus story. We look at the externals (and worry) but You are over everything. Forgive me for my distrust. I love You, Father.”
We are not in charge of our lives and we are foolish to think we are. God rules everything.