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It's kinda scary when you think about it. God is sovereign. Period.
What in the world does that mean? Well, writer Jack Zavada defines it this way: "Sovereignty means that God, as the ruler of the universe, is free and has the right to do whatever He wants. He is not bound or limited by the dictates of His created beings. Further, He is in complete control over everything that happens here on Earth. God's will is the final cause of all things."
As I read this definition yesterday, I got a strong sense of the awesomeness of our God. The sheer authority of His power sent my mind reeling and struck a deep sense of reverence in my spirit.
Just think about it for a moment. God can do whatever He wants, when He wants and how He wants. No one can stop Him. No one can thwart His plans. He is in control of all things, all the time. And if that's the case, then He is in control of not just the circumstances that surround my life, but He is in control of every minute detail and how those circumstances move me and shape me into greater Christlikeness.
Zavada cited verses like Isaiah 46:9-11: "I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.' ... What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do,"
Zavada also cited Psalm 115:3: "Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him."
Wow. Do you feel it yet - that sense of "Oh my...?"
If so, then good. I think a generous dose of the acknowledgment of God's sovereignty in our lives is a really good thing. But as we think on His power - His intense, ultimate power - let me encourage you that you don't have to be afraid.
I had to remind myself as I read the above verses that when we think of the sovereignty of God, we also have to balance those thoughts with others. Not only is God sovereign, but He is good. Not only is He all-powerful, but He is all-loving. Not only is God our king and ruling authority, He is our good Father who would never give His child a stone for bread or a snake for food, instead of a fish (Matthew 7:7-11).
So, as you go throughout your week - your whole year, for that matter - why not spend some time dwelling on the sovereignty of God and His miraculous, all-consuming, all-amazing power and control in your life? Then, thank Him. Thank Him that He is in control of what seems like madness sometimes. Feel His presence and stand in awe or even better, kneel at His power. Then, when the deep feeling of your own mortality and smallness begin to take over, remember this same God is a good, good Father - one who can do whatever He wants with your life but cherishes you above all and only does what He knows is best for you.
What a thought. What a God!
Prayer: "Thank You, Lord, that You are amazingly sovereign, that You are in complete control and that nothing takes You by surprise. And thank You that You choose not to use Your power as a weapon against me, but instead use it as a tool to draw me ever nearer and closer to Thee. I love You, Lord, and I am amazed."
Steve and Belinda Kirk write the "Everyday Grace" devotional for the Johnstonian News. Reach them at 919-449-5745 and firstname.lastname@example.org.