9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
and his mouth does not betray justice.
The philosopher Epictetus is best known for saying “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react that matters.” Yet nearly one thousand years before him, king Solomon penned this Proverb. You probably have long term goals for yourself, but do you allow yourself to be preoccupied by what happens in the short term? Your future depends much less on the difficulties you face than it does on the attitude with which you face them. Each step along the way comes from the Lord; there is opportunity even in the worst of circumstances. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
“The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth does not betray justice.” The king may be the highest human authority, but he speaks not as God but as a representative of his authority. Whether he acknowledges his obligation to justice or not, the King does not have the final say. “If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still.” The highest authority belongs to the Lord. Though he is patient, he will not let injustice persist. Do not despair at the corruption in the world, because the only one with the authority to set things right has promised to do so.