“God’s Sovereignty in Shalom”… continuing from the previous devotional, I’d again ask you to allow that phrase to saturate your thoughts for a while.
During our life’s most challenging seasons, while the waves of testing and tribulation of the tempest are crashing in upon us, it’s seemingly impossible to find peace. Oh, we may well proclaim that Jesus is at the helm, but our eyes are more often focused upon the storm then they are upon Jesus.
However, this brings us back to a foundational truth of God’s Word, that regardless of our circumstances or that which is transpiring around us, God is sovereign! It total complete perfectness, God is sovereign in all things and through all things! He can never be any more, or any less sovereign than He has been or will be for all eternity! And that my dear friends should be of great comfort to us as we consider the following passages:
You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer. Job 14:5 NLT
My future is in your hands… Psalm 31:15 NLT
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:16 NLT
When we allow the Word of God to move beyond head knowledge and into heart transformation, it’s there we begin to discover that nothing within our lives catches God by surprise. He is never caught off guard or has missed a single moment of anything His children are experiencing. Point-in-fact, He already knows the outcome. Oh, what tremendous comfort this should bring to our poor and troubled hearts, when we begin to feel overwhelmed, or at times, even hopeless.
Allow me to encourage you to take some time this week and read through our Lord’s teaching in Matthew chapter 6:25-34. Jesus emphatically commanded us not to worry. Worry challenges the sovereignty of God and our worry robs God of the worship, which He alone is so worthy thereof.
When we come to the end of ourselves, and fully surrender to God’s perfect will and submit to His sovereignty in all areas of our lives… it is there my dear friends, that we will truly experience His peace. His abundant overflowing peace, which far exceeds our understanding… and it is there and there alone, that we experience Shalom!