Both messages that I have heard this week have had to do with God’s sovereignty.
His sovereignty has been such an an encouragement to me right now and in the past. I remember when our previous church went through a hard time, my husband and I took comfort in the fact that God is sovereign: God was in control of the whole situation. He knew ahead of time what was going to happen. It was not a mistake.
Of course, bad things happen as this is a sinful world and people do not do everything that would please God. However, God is still in control. God is still good! We have to trust in the sovereignty of God.
The pastor emeritus of our church gave the Sunday night’s message. He shared many of the verses in the Bible that say the words, “all things.”
- For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
He asked us what “all things” meant. Did it mean just the good things? Did it include the bad things?
Of course it did. God created only good things–we know that from Genesis 1, but when the fall happened, bad things came into the world. However, God was and is still sovereign and in control.
Why then does He allow bad or difficult things to happen to us? We know that the earth is only bad because man chose to sin; yet in God’s sovereignty, bad things happen to God’s children as well as those who do not believe. Why is that?
Well, there could be many reasons such as correction of His children or putting us through the fire so that we can come out as gold. The biggest reason though is so that He will get the glory (that in all things He may have the preeminence). All things should make us turn to Him and glorify Him: either because He has given us so many good things to enjoy or because He is with us through the difficulties. He will never leave us or forsake us. He will work all things out for good. He loves us and has a purpose for us.
I cannot say it as eloquently as Sunday night’s pastor, but it was an encouragement for me to see this older gentleman who has served God for over 50 years read and speak on the sovereignty of God. I needed those verses to remember that God will put us where He wants us to be (if we are obeying Him); and that in “all things” I can trust Him.
Here are some more “all things” verses:
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. Colossians 1:20
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 1:28
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26
For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. Romans 11:34-36
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