DAY 2 - SOVEREIGN
We will not fully comprehend the power of God until we become one with Him in Heaven one day. The possibilities of His endless power are far beyond what our earthly minds can fathom. We can only think through human eyes and therefore have no concept of the abilities or depth of God. He oversees everything. While He had the power and might to create the universe, He can also end it, and one day He will. There is no one like our God. He knows every single thought, word, and breath that has happened from the beginning of time until now. He makes the sun rise every morning and set in the evening. He has protected His people throughout time in mighty ways, even when we turned our backs on Him. There is no greater power or boundless love than His. Even the rocks cry out in praise for Him, so shouldn’t we?
Let’s find out from the Bible about His great power and authority.
- And said, “O Lord, God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can withstand you.” 2 Chronicles 20:6
- "The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters." Psalm 24:1-2
- "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together" Colossians 1:17
In learning more about who God is, let’s go deeper into His Word to gain specific insight. What better way to see what He is capable of in the future than to see what things He has done in the past.
Book of Esther - God chose Esther to be the new queen for King Xerxes. God knew that she was faithful and would be the queen who eventually saved the Jewish people from a plan to destroy them. He had also provided for her to be raised by an uncle who would be Esther’s helper in saving God’s chosen people.
Exodus - With Moses, God spoke through a burning bush, parted the Red Sea, made food fall from the sky, water come from a rock, and His presence guided all the Israelites by a cloud in the sky.
Genesis - What about Joseph? God allowed Joseph to be bullied by his brothers and thrown into a well, sent to prison, falsely accused of rape, and then eventually was raised back up to be one of the most powerful men in Egypt. God had a mighty plan for Joseph.
Daniel - He closed the mouths of lions so that they wouldn’t harm Daniel after he was thrown into the den for praying to God. He protected Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace after they refused to worship an idol. They came out of the furnace not even smelling like smoke.
1 Samuel - He helped a young David defeat a giant Philistine who was opposing the Israelites with just 5 little stones.
There are so many more completely awesome illustrations of God’s infinite power and might in scripture to remind us that when we don’t know what to do, we can trust Him. He has shown time and time again that He protects His people. He demonstrates His great love by sending Jesus to save us, so there is no doubt that He always has our best interest in mind.
Many times, in life, circumstances happen that can leave us feeling un-anchored and helpless. Here are a few examples of trying circumstances that we can go through:
- Sickness or injury
- Parents getting divorced
- Failing classes
- A bad break-up
- Someone close to us dying
- Parent losing a job
Think of something in your own life that left you feeling helpless and weak?
Let me assure you that not only does God care about every single tear that you have cried over this, but He has every intention of using that circumstance to mature you in your spiritual walk. When bad or worrisome things happen, we can rest assured in the fact that He is in control over everything. That may not mean that He always takes away the problem though. Sometimes he allows us to go through difficult circumstances to show us how much we need Him and to strengthen our trust in Him.
When these things occur, it is very easy to run and hide, burying our head in the sand until it gets better. But God wants us to take these situations and hand them over to Him. He tells us to stop worrying about them and let Him handle it all. He wants us to remember that in all things, He loves us, He is faithful, and that He will never leave our side. While these realizations don’t make the problems come less often or hurt any less, letting go of the worry and having faith that He is in His control can help us make it through the hardest of days.
God promises that He is out for your good. He wants you to trust in Him for all your needs, whether spiritual or physical. Today we have seen that by His awesome and mighty power, His plans will be accomplished. So why spend our lives running away or fighting against what He knows is best for us?
“I KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS; NO PURPOSE OF YOURS CAN BE THWARTED.” JOB 42:2
What does sovereign mean to you?
The definition of sovereignty on www.dictionary.com is the quality or state of having supreme power or authority.
This means that God doesn’t answer to anyone. He always has the final word, the final decision. He has supreme control over everything. He could make us do anything that He pleases, and rather than forcing us to love and worship Him, He gives us the ability to choose. He wants us to love Him by our own free will.
Dear Lord, we cannot even fathom the entirety of your power. We know that nothing is impossible with You. Thank you for being in control of our circumstances and fears. We know that we can trust You with everything. Please give us peace through difficult times so that we may learn to lean on You for everything that we need. In Jesus’s name, Amen.