The study that I have had the privilege of doing with my friend has caused me to think and dig and widen my perspective in such a profound way in what feels like such a short time…I am constantly in awe—
This week we are studying God is Sovereign—
God is Sovereign—Holding the position of ruler [a supreme ruler], royal, reigning [possessing supreme or ultimate power]; independent of all others; above or superior to all others [supreme, absolute, unlimited, unrestricted, boundless, ultimate, total, unconditional]; controls everything, can do anything
2 Chronicles 20:6 “And said, “O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you”
Just as peasants have always bowed before their king for fear of offending the one who had the authority to take their life, God’s sovereignty compels us to bow before Him. But unlike corrupt earthly kings who abuse their authority to terrorize their subjects, God rules in love.
1 Chronicles 29:10-13 “Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.”
Psalm 47:7-8 “For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.”
What a beautifully clear reference to made in complete awe and reverence to God—the LORD—the formal name of God—the psalmist is saying more than high is the Most High God!
Psalm 135:6-7 “Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who makes lightning for the rain and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.”
Psalm 119:90 “Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.”
I just think it is completely amazing that this verse draws a visual parallel of God’s supremacy and faithfulness—it attempts to give the reader an idea of the longevity of His faithfulness—something that will last for longer than can be imagined—generations…all generations…before the first generation and beyond the last!
In the same breath and in the same verse, I am reminded that God put in place the pillars of creation and as his hand placed each cavern and layer of the earth—it rests where he lays it. It cannot be moved as God has placed it—it is something that all people see as stable…unmoving…day to day…the same and changing an incredible mystery—isn’t it a beautiful picture of the faithfulness of God! As sure as the mountains are adhered to the ground…even more so is the faithfulness of God! The sun never fails to rise. The wind never ceases to blow. The waves of the ocean constantly kiss the shifting sand…another picture given to people to get a glimpse of the greatness of God—to help us understand the immensity of God. We never will wrap our brains around it but I love that God gives us so many different tangible things to help us to see more of Him—
God’s covenant is established more firmly than the earth itself. His faithfulness…the accomplishment of the promises He makes will continue year after year, generation after generation…the world and all that is in it will die and give birth—everything on this earth changes—though the promises and covenants of God never change—He will never leave. He will never forsake. He will never fail. He is good. He is steady and will be the same the moment that my last breath leaves my body…as He will be when the earth has seen its last sunrise.
So then…why are my days filled with the wrestle of my flesh?
Why when my heart is troubled does my whole being long to satisfy it with things that will only temporarily satisfy or will help me to forget the depth of pain?
The intense desire for a reliable and sufficient provision. I was looking for a place that did more than just keep me content. I wanted a place of resources, of support, of growth…time with people…time in the beauty of God’s creation…
I had to get honest with myself and ask the question…just how I am going to get these needs and longings met?
It’s sad to admit but until recently I decided, I no longer want to grasp at the fleeting and weak ways that the world tries to meet these deep desires in me…I have been broken and hurt too badly by taking what the world has to offer…
…And yet when I come to the cross roads that offer either the freedom of being held by God or the temptation of thinking I can do it all for myself…I more often than not choose the path of pride and believe that I know better than God. I find myself looking for purpose and identity through those around me…wandering around asking for those broken and flawed people around me to give my life meaning—
Finding my value or meaning in the accolades or approval of others…
I have lied to myself for long enough that I believe to some degree that when it has to do with security and safety, I am really the one who know the best…I believe that if I have the approval of others then they will notice me, value me and accept me…and then I will finally belong.
So what’s the unfortunate truth in all of that?
My actions and beliefs show that I have greater trust in myself than in God and his truth…
However—where has all of my thinking that I can take care of things on my own landed me—?
A heart, mental and emotional place void of life…a wasteland…
…dreams are dead and hope and expectation wither away to nothing…bringing me to a place of wandering…of feeling lost or aimless…unfocused…
Finding that I was existing with less and less heart, if that makes any sense.
My self-pity soaring and my self-esteem plummeting.
My deepest insides were screaming to walk a quest of forgiveness and authenticity and at the same time my internal rage, bitterness and pride immobilizing me.
…I think it’s time for a different direction in my life…
A decision to choose to give authority to someone else…
A choice to bow my head and knee to the sovereignty of the only being who loves me more than I could ever imagine…who knows me more than anyone else does and still wants the best for me…who is faithful beyond what my brain can even fathom…
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
God, help me to walk everyday closer to you. To choose to believe when doubt sneaks in. To give you access to everything that needs your healing and loving touch. To daily…hourly…by the minute or second…give myself to your loving and awe-some supremacy. In Jesus’ holy name…