1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
2 Timothy 2:20-21
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
Proverbs 16:4 tells us that “The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.” He can turn any of us “as the rivers of water“. But there is a difference between being used by God and being used of God. Only vessels of honor can be “prepared unto every good work”; so God must sanctify us before He can use us. But how can God sanctify us if we don’t offer Him the areas of our life that we enjoy leaving dirty? How can we have godliness without repentance? Remember Proverbs 28:13: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”