This scripture in Proverbs speaks to the idea of favour and God’s ability to cause persons in positions of authority to consider you favourably. When we consider the story of Esther, from the time when she was a captive in Babylon, God prepared the heart of the King to turn towards her. When Haman wanted to kill all of the Jews and Esther called a fast, as the people prayed God worked on the heart of the King. God would allow the King’s heart to soften towards Esther so that she would gain favour with him.
There were times in scripture when God hardened the heart of Kings or the Pharoah in Egypt in order to gain glory for himself. “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.” And they did so” (Exodus 14:4). In this case, God knew that Pharoah was stubborn and hard hearted. God used his own weakness and nature against him to demonstrate that he was not in complete control.
We do not have many kings in this time, but we can use this scripture to represent anyone in a position of power and authority. It is up to God to determine if your leaders will submit to his will and allow you to find favour with them. Some leaders will submit to the will and purpose of God and he will use them to establish his plans. Other leader who are stiff-necked and stubborn will face the consequences of their hard heartedness. This often demonstrates a heart that is already hardened towards God and these leaders will face the judgment of God.
Nothing happens which is outside of God’s control and his children are the apple of his eyes. God is concerned about our affairs and he does not want us to face difficulties and bad treatment. He will turn the hearts of leaders towards you and cause you to have favour. For those leaders who will not submit, God can move them out of your sphere of influence. God will then raise up another leader who will establish his will and purpose.
“but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another”(Psalm 75:7).