A week ago today, we said our good byes to sweet Nellie Adelae Grace at the cemetery and “placed her in the arms of Jesus”. We say it that way because, although she is already in His arms, it gives us comfort.
Many times things in this life are just unexplainable. To us they don’t make sense. And to us they sometimes seem just downright wrong.
It’s times like these that my main and best consolation is in the Sovereignty of God.
What do you think of when you hear the words, “The Sovereignty of God”? Does that sound harsh?
Does it make you feel like God has no feeling?
Some people tend to think of the Sovereignty of God as though God were a chess player and we are His pawns He moves around on His own whim.
Literally it means,
There is absolutely nothing that happens in the universe that is outside of God’s influence and authority. As King of kings and Lord of lords, God has no limitations. (for more see)
Here are some verses in the Scripture about God’s Sovereignty:
- God is above all things and before all things. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. He is immortal, and He is present everywhere so that everyone can know Him (Revelation 21:6).
- God created all things and holds all things together, both in heaven and on earth, both visible and invisible (Colossians 1:16).
- God knows all things past, present, and future. There is no limit to His knowledge, for God knows everything completely before it even happens (Romans 11:33).
- God can do all things and accomplish all things. Nothing is too difficult for Him, and He orchestrates and determines everything that is going to happen in your life, in my life, in America, and throughout the world. Whatever He wants to do in the universe, He does, for nothing is impossible with Him (Jeremiah 32:17).
- God is in control of all things and rules over all things. He has power and authority over nature, earthly kings, history, angels, and demons. Even Satan himself has to ask God’s permission before he can act (Psalm 103:19).
Understanding the Sovereignty of God by understanding His Character
When you know and understand God’s character, you begin to see His Sovereignty in a whole new and personal way.
What is His character?
Not only is He all powerful, all knowing, but He is Peace, Hope, Joy, Forgiving, compassionate, patient, merciful, full of grace and He is Love.
When I see Him from that perspective, His wonderful character, I have a whole new way of seeing His Sovereignty.
He is Lovingly Sovereign!
This is so obvious in Romans 8:28.
…” that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
This knowledge is so wonderful to me! Knowing and believing that our God is Lovingly Sovereign is such a comfort and gives me such peace and hope!
I know of some Real Life examples of the Sovereignty of God. I’ll share a few with you right now:
Sweet baby Nellie’s paternal grandmother, Cheryl, shared this with me. Cheryl lost her second baby through a miscarriage. Although she was so sad and devastated, it wasn’t long afterwards that she became pregnant again with her son Caleb. If she had not miscarried, there wouldn’t have been a Caleb, who is the sweetest, most loving husband to my dear daughter Hannah. In the midst of sadness, there came joy. The loving sovereignty of our God.
And here is another:
Hannah’s paternal grandmother, Mrs. Camp, had a great deal of trouble carrying her son, Marshall, even to the extent that she had to have complete bed rest in a hospital for over 70 days! In fact, she was even told by the medical personnel to just get up and lose this baby and try again! If she had listened to them she would not have had Marshall and there wouldn’t have been a Hannah who is Marshall and my daughter.
Is the Sovereignty of God Harsh? I don’t think so for one minute!
Although we are so sad to say good bye to sweet Nellie, we know and are comforted by the fact that God is Lovingly Sovereign.
We find comfort in Isaiah 55:8 & 9:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
“Weeping my last for the night,
but a shout of joy comes in the morning.”
For the lover of Jesus Christ, they will find comfort in this knowledge too.
May this be your knowledge and understanding as well. May you see the loving sovereignty or our great God in all things your you life. That is my prayer.
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