To Be a King

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1The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.

3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin. Proverbs 21:1-4

The folly of kings is to believe they are above judgment. Their position gives the illusion of independent movement and the illusion of being untouchable.

But God… can move them.

But God… weighs the heart.

But God… values righteousness and justice.

But God… considers pride and contempt as sin.

Careful… we all want to live like kings. And their folly is too easily mine.

Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords full of truth and grace. If He can move the hearts of kings, He can move my heart too.

be a king…ask a question

I regularly encourage my children as they go to school to ask a good question.  Questions accelerate learning.  Questions can take us into the frontier realms of the universe and our souls.  The failure to ask questions is evidence of decay and death.  King Solomon, author of many of the Proverbs in the Bible, says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”  (Proverbs 25:2)  So be a king; ask a question; see where the pursuit of understanding leads you.

Here are some questions that I use; they are listed in no particular order.

1.  What does _________________ (put in the person’s name) need from me in order to grow?

2.  How can my wife and I work together to advance the vision of family we have adopted?

3.  Why am I feeling the way I feel?

4.  What could I add in or take away from my work patterns/practices that would create more effectiveness?  or What small adjustment made as a habit  in the right direction would deliver an accumulative increase in effectiveness?

5.  What is the story and who are the main characters behind the sucess or failure I am observing?

6.  What adjustments in earning, saving, giving, or spending will make the greatest contribution toward my family’s values and vision?

7.  How does what I am doing fit into the Kingdom values, vision and mission of Jesus Christ?  and a related question:  Am I remaining obedient and faithful to the last word I had from Jesus?

8.  Did I honour Jesus Christ in everything today?

OK, your turn.  What questions or types of questions do you regularly ask?