Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sovereignty of God

How great are His signs,
And how mighty His wonders!
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And His dominion is from generation to generation...
All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;
He does according to His will in the army of heaven
And among the inhabitants of the earth.
No one can restrain His hand
Or say to Him, “What have You done?”
Daniel 4: 3, 35

God is sovereign. We may think that we know so much, that we have abounding choices in front of us, that we can will and do however we see fit, and yet the scope of our influence is so small in comparison to the scope on which God purposes play out in our world each and every day. Even those we esteem in our world as having great and mighty influence have no ability to change the divine and master plan of the sovereign God of our universe.

I know after the elections in November, there were many troubled hearts. And, with the fiscal cliff hanging in the balance, Obamacare looming in our near future, and many other man-made decisions threatening to affect the livelihood of our nation and ultimately affect the rest of the nations of the world, our hopes tend to get lost in the day to day events in our world. But God does not busy Himself with these things like we do, instead He looks above it all knowing where it all started and where it all will end. God has already set the course of mankind, He is not worried about the day to day choices any person makes, ruler to pheasant, because in the all encompassing divine plan He has for the world we live in, there is no one who can change the outcome of His glorious plan and His everlasting promises.

In the light of this Christmas season, I thought I would take an excerpt from AW Tozer's book, The Attributes of God in this chapter on God's sovereignty, that related Jesus as the baby in the manger to this particular attribute. I hope that what Tozer says hits a chord with you as you continue in celebrating the season and also look out towards a new and uncertain 2013.

When Jesus Christ our Lord was born, I would think He was an average baby boy who couldn't hold his heard up, couldn't speak, had no teeth...poor, helpless little lad! If they left Him alone even for a little while, He'd have died. He had the true helplessness of a baby...Here God Almighty allowed, in the irony of history, that this tiny piece of humanity...would be arrayed against the whole Roman Empire. But look who won! Before many decades had gone by, the Roman Empire went down into dust and disgrace, but the baby Jesus grew to manhood, was crucified and rose again from the dead. God raised Him up and seated Him up yonder, so that the baby that once stood opposed to the Roman Empire now looks down upon an empire that doesn't exist anymore.” AW Tozer

It is the sovereignty of God alone that keeps us from losing hope in a world filled with hopelessness and pain. God's word has given us hope in the promises He has given us in His word. Promises written AFTER God had already taken in all time from beginning to end. There is no way that things can turn out any different than He says because there is no force on earth or anywhere in the heavens that can change that plan. If you are looking towards the new year and thinking that there is not much to look forward to, I would suggest you spend some time reading God's word and the promises He has made known to us about His ultimate plan for humanity and the New Earth that is yet to come. In these things we can rest in the sovereignty of God and find the strength and hope to continue on living in a world that does not offer us the hope are hearts are seeking for.  In God alone we shall hope because in Him alone our eternal salvation and joy rest.

4 comments:

  1. Encouraging words! I found your blog while looking for a graphic about the sovereignty of God (hoping I can use yours on my blog!). Coincidentally (or, I should say, providentially), I'll also be speaking on Dan 4 this Sunday. I appreciated how you connected the sovereignty of God not with despair or apathy ("Doesn't matter what I do 'cuz God's going to have His way anyway") but rather with hope in God's promises, which gives us strength. Blessings! ~Stanley

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  2. You are welcome - I guess looking at the glass all full from God's side instead of constantly being emptied on ours is just one way I find the freedom to live in His love and care each day. The graphic has no rights attached to it, just a free image that I found while searching - glad you could use it.

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  3. I also found this page during a search for a graphic saying for us to be of good cheer God has overcome the world. I have been reading lots of very discouraging, dismaying, and frankly, frightening things, which cause me a lot of sadness and God has been ministering to me greatly as always. Your admonition to study his promises is wise, I am doing that. He is good, and his word is a light. Thank you for the encouragement and wise counsel, may God bless you and strengthen and maintain you always. Thank you.

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  4. You are so welcome and thank you for the wonderful blessing. May God continue to encourage you as you continue looking to Him and His promises. Glad I could be a vehicle for Him to use in your life.

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