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Rejoicing in God’s Sovereignty

But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge…
Psalm 141:8

I was intently gazing at the produce when I heard someone behind me say hello. I turned, and there stood my friend. After several rounds of chemotherapy, he was completely bald. I asked how he was doing, and with a big smile, he began praising God. I was deeply impacted as he made this statement: I’ve always said that either God is sovereign in all things, or God is sovereign in nothing. If I believe God is sovereign in all things, and I do, then now is the time for me to walk in that belief. I went into the grocery store to buy food. I left the grocery store having bought food and worshiped the Lord.

The LORD God truly is sovereign over all things. He is sovereign over the nations. You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you (2 Chronicles 20:6). God is sovereign over events. In days of old I (God) planned it; now I have brought it to pass…(Isaiah 37:26). God is also sovereign in your life. From one man he made every nation of men… and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live (Acts 17:26).

We live in a world marred by man’s sin. All people face heartache and difficulty. However, the believer’s greatest comfort comes in knowing God is sovereign. God is controlling and allowing events for His glory and for the good of His people (Job 42:2, Romans 8:28).

So believer, in the midst of your present difficulty, rest in the truth that God is in control. Take comfort in knowing that as you follow Him, He will use that difficulty for your good. Don’t allow your difficulty to mar your trust. Your Creator has chosen you as His own, and He is lovingly caring for you.

Lord, help me rest in Your present, future and eternal sovereignty.

Jan Burkhart

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