In Ezekiel 21, Ezekiel describes Babylon as the sword of the Lord to execute punishment on Jerusalem. In verse 19 there are two options for the king of Babylon and he will use various methods of divination to choose who to attack. But all the while, God is in control of the whole process.
This is such a striking example of God’s sovereignty and really encourages me. The king of Babylon thinks he is in control. He consults his methods of divination: arrows, idols, even a liver. But just as in Proverbs 16:33 where it says that God controls the lot, God is in control of these false methods of gaining guidance.
All throughout Ezekiel, the phrase, the Sovereign Lord, is repeated.
Even man’s rebellious ways serve God’s purposes.
The second observation also has to do with God’s sovereignty but in a mysterious way. In Ezekiel 22:30 we read this:
“And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.”
Is God in need of man to accomplish his will? Not at all. But, he desires us to pray. He desires us to intercede. What a powerful privilege!