We aren’t sovereign. As much as we try to control our environment – and we really try hard sometimes, don’t we? – all it takes is one little hiccup to prove to us that we can’t and aren’t in control. So, if our goal is to reflect God’s attributes, and God is sovereign, how can we fulfill our goal? Should we try all the more to exert control over our little corner of the world?
We all know deep down inside we’ll never be fully in control. That’s not possible. Yes, even if it’s true that God gave us authority over aspects of His creation (see Genesis 1:26), and He also sent us out into the world to influence others to follow Him (Matthew 28:18-20), our responsibilities are always under His authority. We may be guardians of His sovereignty in some limited ways, but we can never really exercise it. Sovereignty implies ultimate authority, and when it comes to that, God stands alone. He is the only Being who is entirely free to exercise His own will, every time, in every way.
So how can we possibly reflect His sovereignty? We simply live like we believe in it. How? We refuse to worry, even when worry seems like the natural thing to do. We refuse to allow our fears and anxieties rule us. When circumstances are confusing, when life isn’t fair, when someone has treated us badly, we can trust that there’s a sovereign God by not working things out on our own or manipulating our circumstances for our shortsighted purposes. We can take the promises of God for the certainty that they are. He can live up to them because He alone is Sovereign. That what Joseph did when his own family mistreated him.
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” (Genesis 50:20)
Joseph is a classic example of someone who reflects an understanding of God’s Sovereignty. His brother’s treachery that landed him in Egypt was inexcusable, and the deceit of Potiphar’s wife that landed him in jail was heinous. But Joseph saw the big picture – a God who was working this out for His own good purposes.
Are we able to do that, especially when we go through difficulties, and It’s Hard To See The Big Picture? The truth is God’s will is available, and it’s good, always good, because He is Sovereign and in control. And because He is in control, we don’t have to be. We’re free to rest in Him.
Have a good, good weekend. Make it better by worshiping The LORD with those who, although may not be able to see the big picture they know The One who does. And they know all will be well.
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)