God is sovereign. His domain, power, and authority are unparalleled and unrivaled. There is no restraint or inhibition placed on Him that prevents the exercise of His will. God is without limits and needs no permission to act. Guided only by His personal attributes, He rules over all. God knows the beginning and the end of time, and sees into eternity as if it were today.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.2 Cor. 4:7–10 NLT
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?
People are very uncomfortable with the concept of God’s sovereignty. The idea of God acting solely according to His plan often provokes fear. Instead, we would rather He be controlling, or better yet controllable. Believing that an all-powerful, all-knowing, always-present God can be influenced to accomplish what we want produces much comfort and presents great appeal. If God can be an extension of my control, this elicits much motivation to beseech Him. Yet it is an erroneous understanding and has been the impetus for much criticism that God has let us down.
Truly it is impossible for the human mind to fully comprehend the concept of God’s sovereignty. With our limited insight we attempt to justify all the ramifications, but the ways of God are past finding out.
Jesus, I come to You because I am weary. Please carry my heavy burdens and give me rest. I take Your yoke upon myself. Teach me with Your humble and gentle heart so I can find rest for my soul. I know Your yoke is easy to bear, and the burden You give me is light. . . .Matt. 11:28–30
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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