How does the Holy Spirit providentially influence kings, nations and politics?

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We must keep in mind that the Holy Spirit controls the minds and hearts of kings and rulers. We read these interesting words in the book of Ezra 6:22: "The Lord had turned the heart of the king of Assyria"—that's a pagan king—"to [the people of Israel], so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel." So, in his providence, God the Holy Spirit led the king of Assyria to assist the people of Israel in the restoration of the temple. Same thing in chapter 7:27 where we read, "Blessed be the Lord, the God of our fathers, who put such a thing as this into the heart of the king." When the kings of Israel were anointed with oil, it was a sign that the Holy Spirit came on them to lead them to bless God's people. Sometimes God allows evil spirits to rule over the lives of kings and rulers, and sometimes that is part of his discipline over his own people.

Answer by Dr. P.J. Buys

Dr. P.J. (Flip) Buys is Associate International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship and Adjunct Professor of Missiology Research at Northwest University in Potchesfstroom, South Africa. He is also founder of Mukhanyo Theological College in KwaMahlangu.