The second example of God’s sovereign direction over the heart of a king is found in Moses’ recount of Israel’s battle with Sihon, king of Heshbon. However, prior to Israel’s confrontation with the king, God reveals His plan to Moses:
Deuteronomy 2.24b- “Behold, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. Begin to take possession, and contend with him in battle.”
Moses responds in faith to God’s revealed plan and begins to take action:
Deuteronomy 2.26-28- “So I sent messengers from the wilderness of Kedemoth to Sihon the king of Heshbon, with words of peace, saying, ‘Let me pass through your land. I will go only by the road; I will turn aside neither to the right nor to the left. You shall sell me food for money, that I may eat, and give me water for money, that I may drink. Only let me pass through on foot,”
Immediately, the reader begins to see God’s plan unfold:
Deuteronomy 2.30- “But Sihon the king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him, for the LORD your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, that he might give him into your hand, as he is this day.”
Then, of course, God’s end was accomplished through this means:
Deuteronomy 2.31- “And the LORD said to me, ‘Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land over to you. Begin to take possession, that you may occupy his land.’ Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Jahaz. And the LORD our God gave him over to us, and we defeated him and his sons and all his people.”
There are so many more examples of God’s sovereign control over the hearts of men. However, the preceding two examples, because of the way in which they are told, are among the most obvious in the Scriptures.
I pray that this has been as encouraging for the reader as it has been for the writer of this post. May God’s people delight in His sovereign control over the reigning men throughout history, for He is as much in control over those in prominent positions today.