"By Me Kings
Arthur Pink, 1937
How blessed to be assured of this! It is not political
influence, the will of the people, nor the personal caprice of royalty
(whether they shall reign or abdicate), which is the determining factor.
No—the King of kings is the One who fills and empties the thrones of earth!
"All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases
with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back
his hand or say to him: What have you done?" (Dan. 4:35).
It is true that He uses means and employs instruments in
the executing of His will—yet they are but clay in the hands of the
Divine Potter. We press this point because our lot is cast in a day when
men's thoughts are so engaged with secondary causes and influences,
that He who directs all causes and regulates all influences is largely lost
To submit to God's sovereign dispensation and "honor the
king" (1 Peter 2:17) because of his office, irrespective of his character,
is our bounden duty at all times. A wicked Nero was the emperor of
Rome when that precept was first set down in writing! Nevertheless, it
cannot but gladden the hearts of the righteous when the Lord is pleased to
give a monarch who honors Him, outwardly at least, and sets before
his subjects an example of regal piety. For the greater part of last
century, and for most of the present one, Great Britain has been blessed
with first a queen, and then a king, who reverently bowed the knee before
the Most High. And now God has again exalted to the throne a king and his
royal consort who are not ashamed to own Him both in their public and
private lives. This is a mercy for which we cannot be sufficiently grateful.