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God is Sovereign Over All

Day Nine
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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God is sovereign. This means He is the supreme ruler of the universe. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords who reigns eternally. Only God has the freedom and power to absolutely do what He wants. As you know from history, kings and rulers come and go, but the One True God's sovereignty will not cease even though some movies or books convey that. There is no human or demonic force that can control or defeat God. There is no military force, nor any weaponry, even from our high tech world, that will ever destroy or conquer God and His kingdom. Revelation, the last book of the Bible, ends with God and His kingdom in absolute dominance over the magnificent New Heavens and Earth that God had just re-created for His people. This should give us all a lot of hope, because as Christians we are in God's everlasting kingdom.

...O Lord...are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. 2 Chronicles 20:6 NASB®

As you can see by reading Isaiah 40:10-31: God is the sovereign ruler over the whole universe. He created all things and easily controls them. The most powerful world leader is nothing compared to God, as King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4 would say. However, God always rules with compassion. Isaiah 40:10-31 is summarized below.

Behold, the Lord GOD will come with might, with His arm ruling for Him... Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, in His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom... Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD...With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge and informed Him of the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket...All the nations are as nothing before Him, they are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless. To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him?...It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He it is who reduces rulers to nothing... "To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?" says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars...He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing... The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable... He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength... NASB®

The conquering emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte, in the early 1800s at the end of his life stated that Alexander the Great and himself founded huge empires by military force; but Jesus Christ founded His upon love. Our God is the Sovereign ruler of the universe who personally loves you, and rejoices over you. How do you feel about that? Zephaniah 3:17 is one of my favorite verses.

THE LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:17 NASB®

God is sovereign so why do we have free will? We are created in God's image, so we have a free will. We could say, God in His sovereignty created us to have a free will, and He allows us to use it. God also gave us a free will so we can freely choose whether to love and obey Him or not. Sadly, Adam and Eve chose to use God's gift of free will to disobey Him. How about you?


Life Application:

Quickly read Isaiah 40:10-31. Describe God's sovereignty from this passage. How does knowing God is absolutely sovereign impact your life? What do you do when your life is out of control? When life seems out of control for me, I go to my sovereign God in prayer, and He leads me through His Word. (Psalm 4:1, 119:105)

We can trust in God because - our Sovereign God is eternally on His throne in absolute control, yet His love for us governs His every move. (Lamentations 3:21-23; Revelation 1:5, 4:2-11)  Since God is always on His throne in loving control, shouldn't you trust Him? Do you trust in the One True God?


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