Sovereign

The world is full of turmoil. Both inside my head, in the lives of people around me, and around the world. And sometimes it is hard to reconcile that God is sovereign with what I see in the world. And then I read this verse:

“There is no wisdom or understanding
Or counsel against the Lord.”

Proverbs 21:30

As the dictionary explains…

Wisdom: technical skill, experience, shrewdness

Understanding: cleverness, skill

Counsel: putting many heads together to come up with a plan (my version).

This recalls the Tower of Babel…the peoples of the world were pushing for heaven, and God leaned down to find their work and broke up the party by mixing things up and introducing many languages.

Or there was that time in the history of Israel when Syria was fed up with Elisha telling the king of Israel about their next surprise attack. Syrian soldiers surrounded Elisha’s city, and Elisha’s servant thought everything was up with them…but then Elisha prayed that he could see that the warriors on their side were greater than the ones coming against them. And suddenly the servant saw the enemies surrounded by angelic warriors in chariots of fire. And then Elisha prayed, the Syrians were blinded, he led them to the king of Israel, prayed their eyes would be opened, and gave them a feast (read 2 Kings 6 for the full story).

Jonah is a book about a prophet of God trying to quit, and God convincing him to turn around by means of a storm, a fish, and repeated instructions. No matter what mankind plans, God is one step ahead.

“23 Thus says the Lord:

“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
24 But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight,” says the Lord.”

Jeremiah 9:23

If we are going to make a plan, it will not take God by surprise.

“Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.” Psalm 139:4

We cannot understand the extent to which God is in control, just as someone in battle does not understand why they are ordered to move one direction or another when they cannot see the entire field. We cannot understand why He miraculously acts for one heartache, but allows another to run its course. But we can know that He is always with us, and has already proved the extent of His love for us in a myriad of ways. The Bible closes with Jesus in control, ruling a world full of peace. In the meantime, He is Sovereign, and He is good.

God, there is so much evil in the world, and the results of sin are so wide-spread right now. God, I do not understand what is going on, and what part I am supposed to play in the chaos. But You have me right here, right now for a reason. So please give me wisdom to show Your love to the people around me in a way that will bring You glory. Thank You that You are Sovereign and Good. Amen.

 

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