Preaching the Sovereignty of God is Easy…Living it is Hard

It’s been awhile…I know…I’m sorry, but God has been rocking my world.

When I left off, I was in the heat of writing a sermon on the Sovereignty of God. It was a tremendously rewarding, taxing, soul searching, and faith building opportunity as I dove into the life of Job. Looking at how he stayed faithful to the call of God even through the “One Day’s” of his life.

I enjoyed every minute of preaching and loved being able to articulate the Truth that God is powerful, strong, mighty, and good even when we don’t see His whole plan. I left that weekend floating on a rush of God and it felt great.

Then Monday hit and I was thrown back down to the reality of God’s sovereignty.

It’s one thing to preach it on Sunday, but another to live it on Monday with a family.

Something happens to the intensity of your belief in God when you sit in a hospital room. When you hear doctors give bad news. When you see children crying over their sick mother. When you see a husband say good-bye to his best friend and the love of his life. When you pray so much that your eyes hurt.

The Sovereignty of God becomes much realer in those moments.

But once again thank God for Jesus.

Without Him these moments would be impossible to recover from and void of hope, but with Him there is much more than a silver lining. There is a promise. There are promises of reunions, of answered questions, of an eternity with Jesus, and of the true awakening to our new Life.

The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 13:11

“The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”

I’ve come to realize over these past few days that we truly are asleep to the true plan God has for us. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:12, For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully…”

I always narrowly placed that verse in the “One Day I’ll Get My Answers” category, but I realize that is too limited. Because it also speaks to the Salvation Jesus promises us by His Sovereign will. Until our eyes are truly opened and the worldly sleep is removed from our eyes, only then will we see the full plan of God. The full Sovereignty of God.

As Revelation 21:4 promises us “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

We are living in the old order of things right now so tears will flow and questions will persist, but it won’t last forever. The new order is coming.

Sure, the new order may include the answers to our “Why?” questions, but it will also include the answer to “Why would Jesus love me so much?”

Thank God for the Sovereignty of God that looked at our sin and sent Jesus to pay the price, to wipe the tears, to make the old go away, and for preparing a place for us in heaven with Him.

Thank you Jesus.

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