God is Sovereign.7th March 2018
“When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn’t he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into? In the same way, even though God has the right to show his anger and his power, he is very patient with those on whom his anger falls, who are destined for destruction. He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory.” -Romans 9:21-23
As we learned earlier in the week that one of the best known God’s nature was love, this scripture seemed difficult to comprehend. At least it was difficult to comprehend for me. How can God choose someone to love when we’ve been told He loves everyone?
Paul answered our questions when he wrote the book of Romans. He pointed out people argued that God couldn’t blame us for not responding to His love, because God had created us to do so (Romans 9:19).
He then rebuked their arguments by addressing God’s sovereignty. God created everyone for His wills. Every event, every incident, every up and down happened so His glory would be shone through. God never allows something to happen without a purpose. This has been present through Old Testament and New Testament.
Joseph was betrayed by his brothers but became a powerful man who led the people during the famine and later reunited with his father. Moses was in the desert for 40 years before God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. King David was oppressed by King Saul before God made him King over Israel. Jesus was nailed to the cross so our debts could be paid.
When Joseph was betrayed, Moses wandered in the desert, King David chased by King Saul, and Jesus nailed on the cross, it wasn’t easy. None of these events were easy to endure, but they had to happen. They happened so God’s glory could be shone to those who had faith in Him. We see God’s promises being fulfilled through these situations.
So I invite you today to first reflect back on when you saw God’s promises fulfilled in your life. Before you saw the results, it probably took a lot of courage and faith to overcome the trials. But you did. So God’s glory became evident and shone through you.
Now I encourage you to look at what you are facing right now. No matter how harsh the trials, how difficult the situation, and how brokenhearted you are, God has a purpose. His glory is ready to be shone through when the time comes. Our responsibility is to pray for His glory to shine through us, and to ask for faith, courage and wisdom.
Deary Heavenly Father, we want to thank you for the reminder that You are sovereign. There may be times when we wonder the purpose of current events. Yet You have taught us that it’s all for Your glory. However, we do ask for blessings of faith, courage, and wisdom. Bless us with steadfast faith to believe in Your power; bless us with immense courage to fight the battle; and bless us with sublime wisdom to strive on the journey. Thank You Lord. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.