Thursday, April 10, 2008

The one about The Comfort of Sovereignty

I am so glad that I am a Christian. It is the most amazing feeling to wake up every morning, and know that today is not a day that I need to get through on my own power. I recently had a 'final straw' type experience that left me about as stressed out as I've been in months. This stress and anxiety was me attempting to control my own life, when the bible is clear that it is God who controls all:

"Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will" Ephesians 1:11

And I do mean, ALL. As I have come to realize--my difficult week was simply God teaching me a little something. A lesson that I needed to learn about my own sins. In addition, He was using it to teach me to lean in to Him. To breathe Him in, and to make Him the center of my being and of my life.

All things are ordained and made by God--for what? For His own glorification. He is an amazing God who has given us life and breath. He gives us all--everyone on this earth--some form of 'common grace' that is--all good things come from God, and He gives us all good things, even those of us who do not deserve them (aka all of us) or those who have received our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We are all His children, and He loves us all--even those who have not been called to His service and glorification.

But my words do no justification to the reality of God's sovereignty, and the peace and comfort that this brings into my life. There was a famous pastor in the history of the Christian church named Charles Spurgeon who words it so much more beautifully......

"There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God's sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that Sovereignty has ordained afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all. On the other hand there is no doctrine more hated by worldlings, no truth of which they have made such a football, as the great, stupendous, but yet most certain doctrine of the Sovereignty of God. Men will allow God to be everywhere except on His throne. They will allow Him to be in His almonry to dispense alms and bestow blessings. They will allow Him to be in His workshop to fashion worlds and make stars. They will allow Him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean; but when God ascends His throne, His creatures gnash their teeth, and when we proclaim an enthroned God, and His right to do as He wills with His own, to dispose of His creatures as He thinks well, without consulting them in the matter, then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on the throne is not the God they love. But it is God upon the throne we love to preach. It is the God upon the throne Whom we trust."


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