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2 Chronicles 36:23
This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up, and may the Lord their God be with them.”
King Cyrus of Persia was a heathen in every sense. He, like Nebuchadnezzar toward the end of his life, had a divine encounter with the God of all the universe. Of course, God won. The Lord told him that he was to build a temple for the Lord in Jerusalem, and any of the Jewish refugees living in Babylon were free to go back to Jerusalem their home.
This passage of scripture proves another biblical passage, and that is: “The Heart Of The King Is In The Hand Of The Lord” (Prov. 21:1, paraphrase). In other words, people can do what they want to a point, but then an old prophecy by one of God’s prophets who is now in heaven will be answered. Jeremiah had predicted this would happen, and it did (Parts of Jer. 25 & 29). God is in control. Put yourself in the place of the king in this passage. He’d believed all kinds of things about himself, but then one day, without a witness from another human, God revealed Himself to this man and told him who He was and what the king should do. And he did it. What have you believed about yourself? Why not take every promise of the Lord in Scripture and put it on you today. Just receive it. Like Cyrus, you will find out, “The Heart Of The King Is In The Hand Of The Lord.”
Today I will act on what You’ve said about me and the promises You’ve made for me. I know my heart is in your hand. I will do as You will. Amen