God is in control. We’ve all heard it before, probably hundreds of times. We know it doesn’t mean that He handles us like puppets, but we also know it doesn’t mean that this world is a random free-for-all. Somewhere in between those two extremes is an existence that is under the Sovereign Hand of our Creator.
What does God’s Sovereignty entail? According to Isaiah, it means that “people are like grasshoppers” (Isaiah 40:22). It means that the rulers of this world are pitifully small in God’s eyes (v.23). It means that all the stars our eyes can see are under the watchful eye of the One who created them with just His voice (v.26). It means that God has no equal.
“To whom will you compare Me? Or who is My equal?” says The Holy One.” (Isaiah 40:25)
That’s great news, but it doesn’t make us feel any better if we don’t learn to count on it in the hard times. We see horrific tragedy and injustice in this world, we feel pain, we suffer from our sin as well as the sin of others. It sometimes looks as if the world is under the sovereign hand of no one – that it is spinning recklessly out of control. And when it seems like it is going off the rails, it takes a lot of faith to confirm in our hearts what we know in our minds: God is in control.
How does it help to know that? If we know He is in control, we can follow the instructions of Scripture. We can be meek and humble because we know He is our defender. We can suffer unjustly because we know He will bring about justice in the end. We can count on the promises He has made, because only The Sovereign God could work them out for eternity. We can know without a shadow of a doubt that He will work all things together for the good of those who love Him for all eternity (Romans 8:28). Why? Because He is Sovereign, and this This Life Is Not The End Game.
God’s Sovereignty is a hard pill to swallow sometimes, but it’s infinitely more comfortable than the alternative – a random, reckless world. We can be sure, as this world spins wildly, that a Sovereign God is working all things out for His good purposes – yes, even our own lives.
Have a memorable weekend. Make it better by worshiping The LORD with those who know this world and this life is not all there is. They know one day it will all make sense when they see Jesus, face to face, and for all eternity they will experience life as it was meant to be.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)