One of my favorite worship songs of all time is call "Sovereign Over Us". It praises God for his commitment to us, his steadfastness, and yes, his complete control over what happens to our lives.
My husband and I have been reading Job in our devotional time together, and we keep coming back to the strongly emphasized theme interwoven in that magnificent book: God is sovereign. While Job's life certainly looked like it was spinning out of control amongst the unimaginable suffering, God knew exactly what was happening, why it was happening, and how it would end. For those of us who have spent time recognizing the other traits of our Lord God, what an incredible comfort!
J.I. Packer said about God's sovereignty: “Guidance, like all God's acts of blessing under the covenant of grace, is a sovereign act. Not merely does God will to guide us in the sense of showing us his way, that we may tread it; he wills also to guide us in the more fundamental sense of ensuring that, whatever happens, whatever mistakes we may make, we shall come safely home. Slippings and strayings there will be, no doubt, but the everlasting arms are beneath us; we shall be caught, rescued, restored. This is God's promise; this is how good he is.”
Man, that sends chills down my spine, and fills me with encouragement! While God is indeed sovereign, he is also loving, has our best interests in mind, and promises to give us wisdom when we ask for it. What a beautiful trifecta! God is sovereign, and he also loves, so therefore he will walk with us throughout the entirety of life.
My family is going through some tough stuff right now, and this reminder of who is really orchestrating things when life seems anything but under control has been our strength. I pray that all of you will experience God's will for your life with this perspective: God is sovereign, he loves you, and he is walking with you through both the daily and the long term challenges. And in the end, He will bring you home to be with him, and will continue to grace your presence with his company - for eternity. Surrender to Him completely, give it all over. Stop resisting his guiding hand - he knows where he is taking you, and he's going with you!
“I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted....therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes.” - Job surrendering to God amongst all of his anguish (Job 42).