Devotional

The Word of a King

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?” (Ecclesiastes 8:4)

God has the right to do with any one of us whatever He wants to do at any time. He has the right to set one up and sit another down according to His own wisdom and counsel. He has the right to grant the request of one and deny the fervent prayer of another. He has the right to remove one from the earth and leave another.

Perhaps we take issue with His decisions. How can He sit the good man down and let the evil one ascend to power? How can He deny the cry of the just and fulfill the wish of the wicked? How can He let the best of men die, even before their time, and let the vilest survive into old age?

At times, we stand astonished before God. With tears in our eyes we ask why. We don’t understand God’s verdict. If we had His power we certainly would have done differently. We are tempted to leave His presence bitter and disillusioned. But we are counseled: “Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.” (Eccl. 8:3)

Man is miserable because he cannot control the events of his life. The trouble he doesn’t want won’t leave and the good he wants won’t come. If he thinks becoming a believer will put within his hands the ability to control the world he lives in he will soon enough discover that he is sadly mistaken because: “All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.” (Eccl. 9:2)

What then should feeble man do? Let God be God. Glorify Him as God and be thankful. Know that “to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Eccl. 3:1) Let God decide what He will use to glorify Himself. Ultimately, recognize that the King of kings and the Lord of lords deserves to rule because He is far wiser and just than we realize. In His word there is not only power, but a depth of wisdom that we cannot fathom.

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33)


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.