Moreover I said to the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river…
I. THAT PRUDENT FORETHOUGHT IS ESSENTIAL TO SUCCESS IN SPIRITUAL AS IN SECULAR ENTERPRISES (Psalm 112:5; Proverbs 11:29; Proverbs 12:23; Proverbs 14:15; Luke 14:28).
II. THAT PRUDENT FORETHOUGHT IS NOT OPPOSED, BUT HELPFUL, TO SPIRITUAL FAITH.
1. It furnishes a rational basis for expecting success.
2. It acts upon the supposition that mental powers were given to be employed in the service of God.
3. It takes no step without seeking Divine guidance and approval.
Parallel VersesKJV: Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah;