“And I said, I beseech You, Jehovah God of Heaven, the great and awesome God, keeping the covenant and mercy to those loving Him, and to keepers of His commandments, let Your ear now be open, and Your eyes open, so that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You today, day and night, for Your servants the sons of Israel; and confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both I and my father’s house have sinned. Corrupting we have acted corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments and the statutes and the judgments which You commanded Your servant Moses. I beseech You, remember the Word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, If you act unfaithfully, I will scatter you among the peoples. But if you will turn to Me and keep My commandments, and do them, though you were cast out to the outermost part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and will bring them to the place that I have chosen, to set My name there. And these are Your servants and Your people whom You have redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand. O Lord, I beg You, let Your ear be open to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who delight to fear Your name. And I beg You, bless Your servant today and grant him mercy before this man. For I was cupbearer to the king” (Nehemiah 1:5-11).
WHY pray “grant him mercy before this man” if God cannot TURN the king’s heart? The Calvinist SAYS he believes Proverbs 21:1, but what about Psalm 105:25? If the king is unregenerate then whether or not he grants Nehemiah’s request, it is still sin. If God actively TURNS — just as Psalm 105:25 clearly teaches — the heart of the king, then who is the one to blame?
If Nehemiah would sedulously mimic the poor importunate widow in Jesus’ parable, then certainly the king’s unjust desire to quiet the nagging of Nehemiah would be sin. Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that the Calvinist who clings in faith to a partially-sovereign-no-god must loudly exclaim that God’s turning of the king’s heart to sin is an inscrutable and unfathomable great deep or something.